South Korean media said the basaltic -3 U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile with similar performance
column filled with a South Korean naval cruise missiles.
“International Herald Tribune,” freelance writer Guochen Ping from Beijing October 15, according to Agence France-Presse reported that South Korea has deployed more than 1,000 km range of the “basaltic-3″-type cruise missiles. South Korea, “Central Daily” quoted U.S. and South Korean officials also informed sources said, as early as 2006, Korea began to develop, and deploy two years ago, the “experimental” and range cruise missiles. The range of the missile attack can not only cover the whole territory of the DPRK, but also China and Japan, including parts. As the incident-sensitive and subject to multi-party talks mechanism to control nuclear, the South Korean government has not made these reports public response.
R & D long-range missile deal with North Korea
North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006, and launched the “Taepodong-2″ long-range ballistic missiles. Such an approach deeply stimulated the South Korean government, in order to prevent the two Koreas in missile capabilities continue to expand on the advantages, the South Korean government determined to catch up. In fact, the Western media has been stressed North Korea’s missile threat, but it ignores the strength of Korea’s missile development. South Korea has a more complete defense system, especially the major heavy industry and manufacturing all kinds of precision instruments can achieve self-development, many of the technical level in the world, underestimated the strength of self-developed missile.
the current inter-Korean military demarcation line at the side of the DPRK, North Korea has deployed more than 600 pieces covering the whole territory of Korea, with a range of 320-500 km of the “Scud” missiles. In addition, North Korea also has about 200 missiles with a range over 1300 km of the “Nodong” missile. In April, North Korea on the development of the “Taepodong” long-range ballistic missile for the third test. Independent estimates of its flight distance of more than 6,700 kilometers, can reach as far as Hawaii. South Korean military has been to North Korea’s short-range missiles as a serious problem, strongly develop counter-measures.
September this year, South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Lee Sang Yi, said in response to the threat from North Korea, South Korea should actively seek long-range missiles. In early October, South Korean Defense Ministry Defense Acquisition Program Administration also revealed that South Korea has begun fielding a range of over 500 km, combat covering the whole territory of North Korea’s missiles.
cleverly avoid the U.S. restrictions
1979, the Korea-US bilateral agreement, the provisions of the development of South Korea not more than 180 km range ballistic missiles. By 2001, this will increase to 300 km standard, and support for South Korea to join the missile technology to prevent the spread of multi-party consultation mechanism (MTCR). The mechanism of export ban a range of over 300 kilometers, and over 500 kg payload of missiles. However, the agreement is only for high-speed, the main effective ballistic missile flight in outer space, not including low-speed, stick to the ground cruise missiles.
Agence France-Presse reported that, due to the development of the Korea-US agreement that South Korea no more than 300 km range ballistic missile, South Korea, another way to develop long-range cruise missiles, and as an important means of pre-emptive strike.
cruise missiles and ballistic missiles, the main difference is: slow cruise missiles, mainly flying near the ground, can be implemented in a continuous range of guidance to accurately hit the target; ballistic missiles are targeted by the coordinates of the input in advance, the launch into the Earth in outer space only by gravity along an elliptical trajectory flight, re-entry to the target. According to the current level of technology, 1000 km range cruise missile is almost the limit. Korea R & D deployment of a range of over 1,000 km cruise missile technology is enough to show its strength.
Korean long-range strike capability
South Korea’s new cruise missile defense by the Korea Research Institute of R & D, the original design from 180 to 300 km. Once war broke out, “basaltic -1″ bomb attacks will include North Korea in Pyongyang, Sinuiju, in the dance in the water side in the short-range missile base. However, Seoul, 300 kilometers away from many of the goals, for example, in North Hamgyong flower bed of the North Korean long-range missile base can not reach. To this end, the South Korean military advocated, “basalt” missile upgrade as soon as possible.
when the range of 300-500 km of the “basaltic -2″ was officially installed, the Agence France-Presse quoted the sources said, South Korea’s “basaltic-3″ missile performance similar to the U.S. “Tomahawk” cruise missiles, have been equipped in Gyeongsangbuk troops. Korean independence made the first one Aegis destroyer “King Sejong ship” was also equipped with a range of 500 km of cruise missiles.
addition to the “basaltic” series of cruise missile, South Korea, the Air Force long-range strike capability is enough to cover North Korea. South Korea’s military has been sparing no effort to enhance the United States last year, South Korea, the U.S. government to sell “Global Hawk” unmanned aerial vehicles, this year in August and decided to use the superior performance of the F-15E (Strike Eagle) instead of round robin to South Korea’s F-16 fighter. F-15E is a long-range precision strike to achieve all-weather fighter, combat radius is sufficient to cover the whole North Korea, South Korea, it would greatly enhance the long-range precision strike capability. ( Source: International Herald Tribune )
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