South Korea successfully tests submarine-launched ballistic missile
Written by tokyoclub on September 15, 2021
South Korea succeeded in testing its submarine-launched ballistic missile underwater on Wednesday, becoming the seventh country in the world to possess such weaponry, the country’s presidential office said.
The underwater launch was held at a local test center of the Agency for Defense Development with major government officials present including President Moon Jae In, who hailed the success which follows those of the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and India.
The SLBM was launched from a 3,000-ton-class submarine and precisely hit its target after flying a planned distance, according to the presidential office.
“Being equipped with SLBM is very meaningful in terms of securing deterrence against omnidirectional threats, and is expected to play a big role in achieving self-reliant national security and a permanent peace regime on the Korean Peninsula,” it said.
On the same day, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into waters off the east coast of the peninsula.