South Korea fires ballistic missiles from homemade submarine

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SEOUL South Korea (South Korea) has successfully test-fired a domestically-made submarine-based ballistic missile (SLBM). The test-firing of the SLBM made it the eighth country in the world to possess such a weapon.

Several Seoul military sources on Tuesday (7/9/2021) revealed the SLBM test firing from the newest submarine.

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One of the sources said the Defense Development Agency (ADD) conducted an SLBM underwater ejection test from the Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine last week following a successful launch from an underwater barge last month.

The locally developed 3,000-ton class submarine is equipped with six vertical launch tubes.

According to sources, after an additional round of tests, a similar SLBM will be mass-produced.

The SLBM undergoing test fire is believed to be a variant of the Hyunmoo-2B ballistic missile, which has a flight range of about 500 kilometers and will be equipped with a conventional warhead. The missile has reportedly been codenamed Hyunmoo 4-4.

South Korea is the eighth country in the world to develop SLBM after the United States, Russia, Britain, France, India, China and North Korea.

Unlike conventional land missiles, SLBMs are more difficult to detect because they are launched from submarines for surprise attacks, which is why they are often called “game changers”.game changer)”.

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