North Korea has become the largest supplier of different types of ballistic missiles to various developing countries, according to Defense Aerospace, with reference to a report by research company Forecast International. In the period from 1987 to 2009, North Korea has exported 1200 missiles, representing about 40 percent of this market segment weapons. For comparison, the direct competitors in the market of ballistic missiles to the developing countries - Russia and China - have managed to export only 400 and 270 missiles, respectively.
The largest buyers of North Korean ballistic missiles were Egypt, Syria, Libya, Yemen, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan. About what exactly rocket in question was not specified. At present, the DPRK made a short-range ballistic missiles, KN-2, Hwasong-5 and Hwasong-6, medium-range Nodong-1, Nodong-2, Taepodong-1 and Musudan. It is known that in 1985 Iran had acquired one hundred missiles Hwasong-5 for $ 500 million. Later, on the basis of this missile Iran has developed its own Shahab-1.
As noted by Forecast International, with 1994 exports of North Korean ballistic missiles began to fall sharply. The main reason for this was the end of the Iran-Iraq war and the deployment of U.S. military operations in Iraq. In addition, many countries - the buyers of North Korean weapons began to open its own production line of ballistic missiles. As a result, North Korea increased its exports of components and materials for the production of ballistic missiles. In parallel, with the demand for fire doors of high quality.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), in the period from 1987 to 2009 the volume of North Korea's arms exports amounted to $ 1.7 billion. Greatest demand different types of North Korean missiles and surface ships, with the peak demand for the last occurred in 2002-2004, when it had exported 257 warships.