In the trenches of global politics, a discovery in Ukraine has jolted the old guard and ruffled feathers in the highest echelons.

On February 20, the Conflict Armament Research (CAR) dropped a bombshell, not of the explosive kind, but a revelation that’s equally volatile.

They’ve got their hands on the remains of a North Korean ballistic missile, and what they found is a narrative twist no one saw coming—Western components nestled deep within the beast.

A Global Melting Pot of Military Tech

This missile, plucked from the fields of Kharkiv, wasn’t your garden-variety projectile.

Over 290 parts, screaming ‘Made in the USA‘ and ‘Bonjour from Europe,’ make up its guts. That’s right, 75 percent American ingenuity and 16 percent European finesse, embedded in a weapon from a nation that’s been given the global cold shoulder.

“[Investigators] determined that a ballistic missile produced by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and recovered in Ukraine includes more than 290 non-domestic electronic components,” CAR wrote in a post via X (formerly Twitter).

Kyodo News further reports that the 290 electronic components “bears the brands of 26 companies headquartered in China, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United States.

And the plot thickens with the timing—codes on these parts point to a birthdate between 2021 and 2023.