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North Korean Arms Industry

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North Korean Arms Industry

North Korea's defense industry predates the Korean War, but has emerged as a supplier to the North Korean armed forces beginning in the 1970s,[1] but more so after the fall of the Soviet Union and to supplement those purchased from China.[2] Most equipment are a copies of Soviet and Chinese built military hardware.

Military Factories

Tanks and Arms

  • First Machine Industry Bureau - supplier of machine guns, likely Type 62 Light Machine Gun and Type 73 Light Machine Gun
  • Ryu Kyong-su Tank Factory - Sinhung South Hamgyong Province[3]
  • Second Machine Industry Bureau - Sŏngch'ŏn-kun, South Pyongan Province - builds Chonma-ho and Pokpung-ho MBT; likely Chuch'e-Po and Koksan artillery gun
  • Tokhyon Munitions Plant[4]


  • Bong Dao Bo Shipyards, Singpo - located on the mainland across from Mayang-Do Island Naval base - built Sang-O class submarines
  • Mayang-do Naval Shipyards, Mayang-do Island in northeast coast - maintenance facility with graving dock; has built some ships for the navy (12 Romeo class submarines)
  • Najin Shipyards - Kowan-Class submarine rescue ship, Soho class frigates and Najin class frigates
  • Nampho Shipyards - located on west coast and builds small- and medium-size submarines (Sang-O and Yugo?)
  • Wonsan Shipyards - located on east coast and builds small- and medium-size submarines (Sang-O and Yugo?)
  • Yukdaeso-ri Shipyards - located on west coast and has built midget submarines (Yugo class submarines or Yono class submarines) since 1960s


There are no indigeous aircraft built in North Korea, factories supply components or parts to aircraft flown.

  • Ch’onjin - small factory used to build spare parts and rebuilt aircraft for the Air Force[5]
  • Kusong - reported facility producing spare aircraft[6]
  • Pyonghyon - reported facility producing spare aircraft[7]
  • Tokhyon - used to build spare parts and rebuilt aircraft for the Air Force[8]

Seventh Machine Industry Bureau in Panghyon was built 1986 and has aircraft parts factory and rumors have the plant producing 2 fighter aircraft.


External links

  • North Korean Army Equipment
  • North Korean Air Force Equipment

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