South Korea tested 4 types of missiles to counter North Korea

South Korea tested 4 types of missiles to counter North Korea 3
South Korea tested 4 types of missiles to counter North Korea 3

On September 15, the Korean Ministry of National Defense released four videos about tests of ballistic missiles and cruise missiles launched from the ground, submarines and aircraft.

One video showed a mobile launcher on the ground launching a `high-explosive ballistic missile`, which local media described as being `as powerful as a tactical nuclear weapon`.

South Korea has not announced the name or technical and tactical features of the new ballistic missile model.

South Korea tested 4 types of missiles to counter North Korea

Ballistic missiles leave the launch pad at a coastal test site in a video released on September 15.

The Korean Ministry of National Defense also released a video of a test of a hypersonic cruise missile, completed by the Korea Defense Development Agency at the end of 2020. The video shows the missile leaving the launch pad on the ground, then penetrating

`The new missile with improved speed will make it difficult for enemy warships to respond, improving survivability and destructive power,` the South Korean Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

South Korea has not announced the name and details of the new anti-ship cruise missile model.

South Korea tested 4 types of missiles to counter North Korea

South Korea tested 4 types of missiles to counter North Korea

The anti-ship cruise missile leaves the launch pad at a coastal test site in a video released on September 15.

The South Korean military also test-fired a ballistic missile from the submarine Dosan Ahn Changho on September 15.

The test launch made South Korea the 8th country in the world to develop a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), also the first country that does not possess nuclear weapons to do so.

SLBMs are one of the three pillars of nuclear deterrence of major powers, alongside intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and bombers carrying nuclear weapons.

South Korea tested 4 types of missiles to counter North Korea

South Korea tested 4 types of missiles to counter North Korea

Ballistic missile leaves Dosan Ahn Changho submarine during a test on September 15.

Meanwhile, the Korean Air Force also test-fired a new long-range air-to-ground missile from an F-4E fighter and sent an F-15K fighter to monitor the test.

South Korea stepped up its ballistic missile development programs after the US lifted range restrictions, allowing Seoul to develop ballistic missiles that can hit targets more than 800 km away.

South Korea tested 4 types of missiles to counter North Korea

South Korea tested 4 types of missiles to counter North Korea

F-4E fighter test-fires a cruise missile in a video published on September 15.

Missile development programs also aim to increase the independence of the South Korean military, instead of having to depend on the US in the event of a conflict with North Korea.

The fact that South Korea and North Korea simultaneously conducted ballistic and cruise missile tests may be related to talks between regional officials regarding the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula.

Sung Kim, the US special envoy in charge of North Korea policy, recently went to Japan to hold talks with officials there and South Korea.

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