Jeffrey LewisDudes from the SHIG II: Electric Boogaloo

Jeffrey and Aaron discuss North Korea’s test of new rocket engine.

In January 2016, the US Treasry Department sanctioned several Iranian individuals associated with Iran’s Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG) for helping North Korea develop this engine — the infamous “Dudes from the SHIG.”

Feel free to comment on this one. We’ve noticed a lot more stuff in the past 48 hours that didn’t make it in!


  1. Michael (History)

    Hmmmm, how can I trust your analysis when you don’t even know that the Scud missile is named after the amphipod crustacean????? 😉

    I’d actually never heard of scud clouds before, but looking at other NATO designations I’m still pretty sure they meant the crusty critter.

    • Cthippo (History)

      I can’t speak to the crustacean ( and if I did I doubt it would answer me) but the term “scud”, meaning low overcast clouds, goes back to at least WW2. The act of flying through such clouds is known as ” scud running” and the term would have been familiar to Air Force personnel.