Monday, September 21, 2020

South Korea conducts test launch of new ballistic missile

South Korea’s Agency for Defense Development has reportedly conducted a new test of the latest ballistic missile, known as the Hyunmoo-4.

Some sources reported that the Agency for Defense Development conducted test-firing of Hyunmoo-series missile systems with 800km range drawing by the recent airspace restriction notice.

The new Hyunmoo-4 ballistic missile is an 800 km-range missile with a 2,000 kg payload that would be used for destroying hard and deeply buried targets, such as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea command center near Chunghwa.

- ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW -

The development of Hyunmoo-4 began in 2017 when the Trump Administration eliminated the payload restriction entirely.

The removal of the payload restriction cleared the way for South Korea to test the Hyunmoo-4. Press reports now indicate that South Korea tested this missile for the first time on March 24 — although word of the test did not become public until The Asia Business Daily published a story on May 6. The Asia Business Daily quoted “government officials” as saying that senior officials from the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) had overseen a test from the ADD Anheung Test Center in mid-March.

A South Korean military official also confirmed to Janes on 10 May that the first test launch of the 800-km-range weapon, which features a greater payload than previous Hyunmoo-series missile systems, was conducted at the Agency for Defense Development’s (ADD’s) Anheung test site in Taean County, South Chungcheong Province. Two missiles were test-fired but one of them reportedly failed. No information was provided about the cause of the failure.

airspace restriction notice

If you wish to report grammatical or factual errors within our news articles, you can let us know by using the online feedback form.

Executive Editor

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

TRENDING NOW