South Korea successfully test-fired on Friday (June 23) a new ballistic missile with a range far enough to hit any part of North Korea, as it seeks to counter the North’s growing missile threat.
Defence officials and the domestic news media said the missile could fly up to 800 kilometers — the maximum ballistic missile range allowed under a deal with the United States. According to some South Korean source, the Hyunmoo 2 series of tactical ballistic missiles (TBM) have maximum ranges of 500 km.
The Hyunmoo 2 ballistic missile use solid propellant and GPS/INS guidance, enabling it to hit a target at ‘several tens of meters’ accuracy.
In June last year, the Seoul successfully test-fired two Hyunmoo-2B missiles capable of carrying a one-tonne payload up to 500 Km. South Korea’s missile inventory also includes the Hyunmoo-2A ballistic missile, with a range of more than 300 km. South Korea also developed the Hyunmoo-3 cruise missile with a range of 1,000 km. The new missile is currently in a testing phase.