South Korea is reportedly developing a ballistic missile that is said to be as powerful as a tactical nuclear weapon. Sources said the missile can carry up to three tons of warheads.
In the Defense Ministry’s 2022-2026 blueprint; the country will develop a new missile “with significantly increased destructive power”.
In addition; South Korea also plans to upgrade its missile defense system and deploy a number of new missile interceptor systems capable of capturing long-range artillery. “We will develop more powerful and precise long-range missiles in order to anticipate threats in order to achieve security and peace on the Korean Peninsula;” South Korea’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement quoted by Reuters on Thursday (2/9).
Some of the missiles being developed by the country include missiles with a flying range of up to 350-400 kilometers with a 3-ton warhead.
Citing an anonymous source; Yonhap news agency reported the missile was designed to destroy underground facilities such as those believed to be owned by North Korea to store nuclear weapons.
The missile technology will be the latest war tool for South Korea in anticipating the threat of North Korea.
So far; South Korea has the new Hyunmoo-4 short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) which can carry a 2-ton warhead. Hyunmoo-4 is South Korea’s largest missile today.