South Korea has successfully test launched a new, homegrown 800-kilometer-range ballistic missile. This is a threat to North Korea, as the missile can target all of the regime’s key facilities when fired from the South. If fired from the South’s southernmost island of Jeju, the missile can reach Sinuiju, a North Korean city bordering China.
The new missile is the result of a 2012 deal between Seoul and Washington, in which South Korea agreed to extend the range of its ballistic missiles to 800 kilometers, more than double the previous 300 kilometers.
“In accordance with the agreement between Seoul and Washington in 2012, we have developed an 800-kilometer-range ballistic missile that can carry a 500-kilogram warhead. I cannot give details on the specifics.”
2012 800km 500kg . .
According to Seoul-based Yonhap News on Thursday, citing a defense source, the missile tested was a Hyunmoo missile… and the test took place at the missile test site of the Agency for Defense Development in Anheung, Gyeonggi-do Province.
Defense Minister Han Min-koo reportedly inspected the launch… and the missile was said to have met all requirements for a normal test — including flight and accuracy.
South Korea currently has several Hyunmoo-type missiles in its arsenal,… including the Hyunmoo-2A, the Hyunmoo-2B and the Hyunmoo-3,… which have ranges of 300, 500 and one-thousand kilometers.