Originally posted by @mchill
As a longtime observer of military technology in Asia, I suspect that the DPRK's
development of arms is largely indigenous, though foreign contributions may have been
important at various times.
I would have to conclude your observations are faulty. Almost all of N. Korea's long range missiles are either Russian or Chinese, not "largely indigenous" at all. It seems your understanding is based on a MISunderstanding. 😲
Can Mchill cite any evidence that 'almost all" of the DPRK's "long range missiles" were manufactured
in China or Russia and then sold to the DPRK rather than being manufactured in the DPRK?
"The Strategic Rocket Forces ... is MAINLY ARMED with surface-to-surface missiles of
DOMESTIC DESIGN as well as older Soviet and Chinese models."
North Korean missile designs may be largely based upon adapting or reverse-engineering
proven Chinese or Soviet technology, but that's to be expected in the world of arms development.
In war, one does not get extra credit for originality. Does the weapons system work or not?
Israeli propaganda boasted of the indigenous Israeli fighter, the IAI Kfir, introduced in the 1970s.
In fact, the Kfir's a French Dassault Mirage 5 with an American General Electric J79 engine
(build under license in Israel). Israel obtained complete blueprints for the Mirage from
a pro-Israeli spy. Israeli engineers contributed by adapting the Mirage to fit the engine
and adding some avionics. That was the extent of Israeli Jewish 'genius' on this project.
I would add that the DPRK has long been under an international arms embargo, so its
arms from China or the USSR were not obtained recently directly from China or Russia.
For example, the most advanced tanks that the DPRK imported were Soviet T-62 tanks (of 1960s vintage).
The DPRK has developed Chonma-ho tanks based upon the T-62 design.
The DPRK's most advanced tank is the Pokpung-ho, an indigenous design (from 1992),
which seems based upon Chinese and Russian tank technology.
"The P'okp'ung-ho is only known to be used in North Korea."