New opportunities for South Korea: on tests of a ballistic missile from an underwater platform

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South Korea is likely to join the few powers in the world with submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Despite the lack of extensive information about the recent tests of the South Korean missile, it is known that they were still successful.

It is assumed that the test launch of the rocket was carried out not from a submarine, but from a submerged barge, but this does not change the essence of what happened: the Republic of Korea approached those countries that have the ability to launch ballistic missiles from the depths of the seas and oceans.



The Korean press describes the test missile as a modified Hyunmoo 2B ballistic missile, which currently has a maximum range of about 300 miles. A modification of this missile is known as the K-SLBM or Hyunmoo 4-4.

One of the Korean servicemen who did not introduce themselves to the press said that while the Korean Navy still cannot launch ballistic missiles from a submarine, but technical development in this direction continues. It is clear that in modern conditions it is a matter of time, and often not very long. Most likely, the South Korean fleet will receive such an opportunity after the submarines of a new type become operational. According to other information, in the near future the rocket will be launched by a Dosan Ahn Changho class submarine.

The named class of Korean submarines has six cells of the vertical launch system, in which ballistic missiles can be placed. New submarines are expected to have 10 vertical launch cells. However, no official confirmation of Seoul's plans to deploy ballistic missiles on Dosan Ahn Changho class submarines has yet been reported.

The impetus for new rocket experiments in South Korea was the recent lifting by US presidents Joe Biden and the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in of restrictions that have existed since 1979. Washington today is interested in increasing the combat power of its Pacific ally, capable of helping in the confrontation with China and the DPRK. The lifting of restrictions will allow South Korean enterprises to develop medium-range ballistic missiles with a maximum range of 1-000 km. Such missiles will be able to hit targets outside the Korean Peninsula.

Undoubtedly, the growing activity of the ROK in the military sphere should be associated with tensions in relations with North Korea. If the DPRK is constantly developing missiles and conducting their tests, then Seoul considers it necessary to respond to this. In addition, medium-range ballistic missiles can be used to deter potential US adversaries like China or Russia.

It is clear that the ROK alone is not going to fight with such powers, but now South Korea is part of the US "support group" in the Asia-Pacific region, and its military potential may well be used in the event of a confrontation between the United States and China over Taiwan or the United States. with Russia.

In addition, one should not forget that a nuclear warhead may be added to the ballistic missile in the future. If now Seoul has no nuclear weapons, this does not mean that it will not appear in the future, especially in the case of more reliable information about the growth of Pyongyang's nuclear potential.
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  1. 0
    July 6 2021
    The cardinal strengthening of the navies of Japan, Korea, and Taiwan cannot be alarming.
    Everyone is preparing for the match. USA, China ... They are preparing thoroughly. To a big and serious matchmaker, in which everything will be at stake.
    1. +2
      July 6 2021
      Quote: Doccor18
      The cardinal strengthening of the navies of Japan, Korea, and Taiwan cannot be alarming.
      Everyone is preparing for the match. USA, China ... They are preparing thoroughly. To a big and serious matchmaker, in which everything will be at stake.

      At the expense of "... everything will be at stake." I would not say so categorically, especially with regard to the United States. These guys (from the USA) have been accustomed to raking in goods with the wrong hands for centuries, so it is doubtful that they would personally get involved in a fight.
      Here is to create conditions for neighbors to quarrel among themselves to bloody blisters, this is the Anglo-Saxons master. Therefore, they will continue to arm the neighbors of the DPRK and China with modern weapons and transfer them some military technologies in order to militarize the region with the expectation of setting fire to the fuse of a regional war there. This method has been proven more than once and has not yet failed for the Anglo-Saxons.
  2. +3
    July 6 2021
    Like yesterday / the day before yesterday, the missile was fired from the submarine specified in the article - six vertical silos for launching cruise ballistic missiles with a range of 1500 (Hyunmoo 3C cruise missile) or 800 km (Hyunmoo 4).
    Became the seventh power.
  3. +1
    July 6 2021
    Well, where are all sorts of sanctions, embargo, blockade, AUGs off the coast? Oh yes, there is democracy, it's completely different.
    1. -5
      July 6 2021
      What sanctions, what sanctions, AUG from whom. From allies, what nonsense. And here is democracy.
    2. -5
      July 6 2021
      And what have the sanctions to do with it? All about the painful? They do not violate any agreements, they do not distribute their passports, they work simply.
      1. -1
        July 6 2021
        Quote: Niko
        And what have the sanctions to do with it? All about the painful? They do not violate any agreements, they do not distribute their passports, they work simply.

        Yes you? And what is the DPRK violating? Doesn't recognize human rights, dem.value? Huh?
        Or do people also work?
  4. 0
    July 6 2021
    It is assumed that the test launch of the rocket was carried out not from a submarine, but from a submerged barge, but this does not change the essence of what happened:
    Fig yourself the same! What about a barge, even under water, even from a boat! If they don't care, we'll see when they launch from the boat. laughing
  5. +1
    July 6 2021
    Undoubtedly, the growing activity of the ROK in the military sphere should be associated with tensions in relations with North Korea. If the DPRK is constantly developing missiles and conducting their tests, then Seoul considers it necessary to respond to this. In addition, medium-range ballistic missiles can be used to deter potential US adversaries like China or Russia.

    The DPRK is developing missiles and nuclear weapons because it is not under the nuclear umbrella of another nuclear power and should rely only on itself.
    For South Korea, nuclear weapons and their means of delivery are absolutely unnecessary as long as the United States performs the function of nuclear deterrence for its enemies.
    It's another matter if the United States does not want to contain the DPRK and leave the Korean Peninsula without its presence. Only in this case, throwing money on nuclear weapons is justified for South Korea and it will be very good for the peace on the peninsula.
  6. +2
    July 6 2021
    Quote: etu.kfg
    On what the Northerners with their leader will be evacuated, when the Southerners begin to arrange their firing rockets from these submarines, that is the question

    For South Korea, they will arrange shots with nuclear missiles from the North, like a person living in a glass house who throws stones at a neighbor who lives in a concrete bunker.
  7. +2
    July 6 2021
    They are great.
    Israel needs to buy such submarines with vertical launch cells from South Korea.
    1. 0
      July 6 2021
      Quote: voyaka uh
      They are great.
      Israel needs to buy such submarines with vertical launch cells from South Korea.

      And for what?
      1. +2
        July 6 2021
        So that one patrols constantly in the Indian Ocean,
        the second to shift, in turn.
        Let's put on them several medium-range ballistic missiles.
        Like England, France. They have ICBMs. Israel does not need ICBMs
        and the MRBM - the very thing. A deterrent weapon, like Russia's Sarmat.
        1. AAC
          -1
          July 7 2021
          And who should they hold back now?

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