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South Korea Tests Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

On July 4, South Korea‘s navy flight tested a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from a submerged platform. According to unnamed officials, the test was successful. The missile is thought to share design characteristics with the ground-launched Hyunmoo-2B. South Korea began developing the SLBM in 2016 or earlier. Related Links: South Korea’s Mysterious Submarine-Launched Ballistic...

South Korea Tests Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

On July 4, South Korea‘s navy flight tested a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from a submerged platform. According to unnamed officials, the test was successful. The missile is thought to share design characteristics with the ground-launched Hyunmoo-2B; South Korea began developing the SLBM in 2016 or earlier. Related Links: South Korea’s Mysterious Submarine-Launched Ballistic...

North Korea Test Fires Two Ballistic Missiles

On March 24, North Korea test-launched two new short-range ballistic missiles. The state-run KCNA stated the missiles, which appear to be a variant of the KN-23, flew 600 km before striking a target in the Sea of Japan. Japanese and South Korean reports, however, say the missiles ranged about 430 km. Earlier on March 21,...

South Korea Receives First Cheongung-II SAM Battery

On November 26, South Korea announced it had taken delivery of its first Cheongung-II medium-range air defense battery. This delivery marks the first of seven planned batteries. South Korea’s Agency for Defense Development began developing the Cheongung-II, also known as KM-SAM Block II, in 2012. The system can range up to 40 km with an...

South Korea To Produce New Ballistic Missile

On November 25, South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced plans to begin producing the new Korean Tactical Surface to Surface Missile (KTSSM). Production will run between 2020-2025 to develop at least 200 missiles. The KTSSM is GPS-guided and can range around 120 km. It is expected to enter service around 2022.  Related Links:...

South Korea Tests New Ballistic Missile

In March, South Korea test fired the Hyunmoo-4, a new ballistic missile with significantly improved range and payload over earlier weapons. According to media reports, South Korea’s Agency for Defense Development tested the new missile in Taean on the country’s west coast, with one of the two projectiles “misfiring.” The Hyunmoo-4 reportedly possesses a range...

South Korea Completes KM-SAM Air Defense Delivery

On April 28, South Korea announced that it had completed delivery of the Cheongung (Block I) medium-range surface-to-air missile system to the ROK Air Force. Also known as the KM-SAM, the system reached initial operating capability in 2011 and was first deployed in 2015. The KM-SAM can reportedly range up to 40 km with an...

North Korea Fires Short-Range Ballistic Missiles

On March 2, North Korea test-fired two short-range ballistic missiles from Wonsan in the country’s eastern region. According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the two projectiles flew 240 km and reached a maximum altitude of 35 km. The test is the first of its kind after a series of 13 such launches in...

South Korea Begins Missile Interceptor Project

On December 4, South Korea began full-scale development of L-SAM, an indigenous surface-to-air missile. According to South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the project is valued at $813 million and is scheduled for completion by 2024. Studied since 2014, L-SAM would comprise the long-range arm of Seoul’s indigenous Korea Air and Missile Defense (KAMD) architecture,...

North Korea Tests KN-25 in Salvo Launch

On November 28, North Korea test fired two KN-25 missiles, marking the fourth test of its “super-large multiple-rocket launcher” since August 2019. According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the missiles traveled up to 380 km and reached an altitude of 97 km before falling into the Sea of Japan. Analysts note the...