South Korea Plans New Guided Missile Brigade

On March 19, South Korean media reported that the ROK Army will deploy a new guided missile unit to counter North Korea’s long-range artillery sites. “The Ministry of National Defense has approved a plan to create an artillery brigade under a ground forces operations command to be inaugurated in October. The plan is to be reported to President Moon Jae-in next month as part of the ‘Defense Reform 2.0’ policy,” a source told Defense News. The counter-artillery force will be armed with two variants of a new short-range ballistic missile system, known as Korea Tactical Surface-to-Surface Missile (KTSSM). The KTSSM reportedly has a range of approximately 120 km, can penetrate hardened targets, and is highly accurate with a reported CEP of 2 meters.

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