South Korea Take a look at Fires First Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

South Korea Test Fires First Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

South Korea efficiently test-fired submarine-launched ballistic missile. (Representational)


South Korea efficiently test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile on Wednesday, the presidential Blue Home mentioned, turning into solely the seventh nation on the planet with the superior know-how.

A missile was fired underwater from the newly-commissioned submarine Ahn Chang-ho, and flew the deliberate distance earlier than hitting its goal, the Blue Home mentioned.

President Moon Jae-in supervised the check.

South Korea has been advancing its navy capabilities because it seeks to counter the menace posed by the nuclear-armed North.

It is usually searching for to safe the switch of operational management over its forces in wartime from the US, underneath the phrases of their alliance.

All different nations with confirmed submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) capabilities have nuclear weapons of their very own.

Possessing an SLBM was “very significant when it comes to securing deterrence towards omnidirectional threats”, the Blue Home mentioned.

“It’s anticipated to play a significant position in self-reliant nationwide defence and the institution of peace on the Korean Peninsula going ahead,” it added.

The Ahn Chang-ho, named after a revered independence activist, is an indigenously-developed, diesel-powered 3,000-ton submarine that went into service final month.

Earlier this 12 months the Biden administration eliminated a 42-year-old restriction imposed by Washington stopping the South from creating missiles with an extended vary than 800 kilometres.

For its half, Pyongyang has lengthy sought to develop submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) know-how, and confirmed off 4 such units at a navy parade overseen by chief Kim Jong Un in January, with state media KCNA calling them “the world’s strongest weapon”.

However whereas North Korea has launched footage of underwater launches, most not too long ago in 2019, analysts consider that was from a hard and fast platform or submersible barge, quite than a submarine.

In January, Kim informed a congress of his ruling Employees’ Social gathering that the North had accomplished plans for a nuclear-powered submarine.

Any such vessel is prone to be years away from going into service, however analysts say it could possibly be a strategic game-changer, enabling Pyongyang to launch a shock strike underwater even when its land-based forces had been destroyed.

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