Jan asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 month ago

Is North Korea capable of building its own fighter jets, and why does North Korea have 84 MD 500 attack helicopters? ?

The DPRK has an annual celebration of winning both the battle and war where they show off new and existing military hardware, but are they even capable of building their own military vehicles? 

I can also see they have 84 MD500 attack helicopters. 

Why doesn't Kim buy new jets from Russia, China or The US?

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  • Mark B
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    North Korea can domestically produce some military vehicles and equipment.  Higher technology items are usually purchased from China, Russia, or black market.  North Korea has cooperated with Iran on ballistic missile technology and other military equipment.  Some missiles are modified from other countries.  A lot of equipment is going to be for "show" and does not have near the capability claimed by North Korea.

    Sales from the US are prohibited.

    In 1985, North Korea managed to circumvent US export-control barriers to purchase 87 civilian-type Hughes MD 500s from a West German export firm (the purchase was conducted covertly) before the US government learned of the illegal action by North Korea and moved to stop further deliveries to the country. There are reports indicating that at least sixty of the helicopters delivered to North Korea were modified to serve as helicopter-gunships. As South Korea produces the MD 500 domestically (under license) for use by its own armed forces, the modified helicopters operated by North Korea were deemed useful in conducting covert or deceptive operations against South Korea (such as incursions past the border).

    The modified MD 500 helicopters were finally revealed by North Korea and seen by the US and European countries during North Korea's Victory Parade held on 27 July 2013 in Pyongyang, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War in 1953. Images and analyses done regarding North Korea's MD 500 helicopters show that they have been modified significantly to serve as light attack helicopters, such as modification work on the helicopters for them to be mounted with Soviet-designed AT-3 Sagger anti-tank wire-guided missiles.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It's probably less expensive to buy that build factories to assemble the same "jets."

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    That should cover a massive land invasion of SoKo.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    They could if they codemned more of their population to poverty to throw money at it. They are more likely to buy retired jets from China and Russia.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Russia trades with North Korea. They are allies.

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