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South Korea to develop 'Frankenmissile' to counter N Korea nuclear prowess

South Korea has reportedly been working on advancing ballistic missiles capability since it struck a deal with the US

ANI  |  Seoul 

Flags of North and South Korea. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Flags of North and South Korea. (Photo: Shutterstock)

South Korea's military establishment has informed the defence committee of the country's National Assembly, that it plans to develop a "Frankenmissile" to counter North Korea's escalating missile and nuclear capabilities.

According to a report in the Singapore-based Strait Times, the military has submitted a report in response to an annual parliamentary audit conducted by the National Assembly's Defence Committee.

The South Korean Army has said that it plans to develop a "Hyunmoo IV" surface-to-surface missile, powerful enough to destroy North Korea's underground military facilities and command centre.

Combined with indigenous tactical surface-to-surface missiles and Hyunmoo-class intermediate-range ballistic missiles, the advanced pre-emptive strike capability would inflict "unbearable cost" to the North by neutralising its nuclear and missile sites, as well as long-range artillery units, the army has said.

has reportedly been working on advancing capability since it struck a deal with the United States to scrap limits on the missiles' payload in September.

Previously, was banned from fitting warheads weighing over 500 kilograms on its with a range of over 800 kilometres.

The development of such an advanced ballistic missile is a part of the army's effort to minimize civilian casualties and end the war, if it takes place, as soon as possible.

The military has reportedly initiated a five-pronged weapons development strategy to develop high-precision powerful missile, establish agile manoeuvre corps, build units using drones and robots, develop an advanced battle system and create a special warfare brigade for "deception strikes" against and its leader

The announcement of the new missile plan comes amid North Korea's increasing threat against South Korea's border areas.

First Published: Fri, October 20 2017. 14:41 IST
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