South Korea to Conduct SLBM Underwater Tests

According to military sources cited by media, South Korea is expected to conduct underwater tests of an indigenous submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in 2021, having concluded ground tests.

Yonhap News Agency cited a military source saying that "related agencies wrapped up ejection tests of the missile on the ground last year. They are to move on to the next stage of conducting underwater test launches."

The source continues that it has not been decided yet on the time and the platform on which the underwar tests will be conducted, adding that it could either be a submersible test barge or a submarine.

The agency reported that the South Korean Ministry of Defence refused to confirm those counts, and simply said, "Our military has secured advanced high-power assets, such as missiles, to support peace on the Korean Peninsula, and will continue to develop them."

This image released by North Korea's state media shows a missile being launched from waters off its east coast on Oct. 2, 2019. The North's Korean Central News Agency on Oct. 3 said that it successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile from waters off its eastern coast town of Wonsan the previous day. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)
A launching ceremony is held for Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, South Korea's indigenous 3,000-ton submarine, at a shipyard on Geoje Island, 470 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Sept. 14, 2018. The submarine, named after a highly respected South Korean independence fighter, is the Navy's first homegrown mid-class underwater strategic weapons system. (Yonhap)

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