North Korea Modernizes Key Airfield

Commercial satellite imagery, exploited by 38North shows the fruit of North Korean labor after two years of construction at the Sunchon airfield, 45 kilometers northeast of Pyongyang.

The 55th Fighter Air Wing, armed with North Korea’s most advanced fighters, (31) Su-25 and (12) MiG-19 redeployed their assets after the airport closed for renovations in 2021.

Over the past two years, according to 38North:

“2022, the main runway had been extended by 300 meters to a total of 2,800 meters, making it capable of handling the largest of North Korea’s military aircraft. Additionally, the taxiways were also repaved and enlarged between April 2021 and November 2022 to accommodate the larger military planes.

Two new aircraft parking aprons were added, one at the northern end of the airfield and one in the center, and the existing apron on the southern end was enlarged and repaved.”

(16) hardened aircraft shelters were also constructed.