Armed Forces Day Parade Showcases New Weapons

      October 02, 2013 09:14

      Armed Forces Day on Tuesday saw the first public display of two new home-grown missiles.

      The Hyumu-3 cruise missile, which has a range of 1,000-1,500 km, could hit most strategic targets in China and Japan as well as in North Korea. Officials claim it is as accurate as the U.S.' Tomahawk cruise missile, i.e. within a 3 m radius.

      The Hyunmu-2 ballistic missile has a shorter range than that of North Korea's ballistic missiles with 300 km but can hit targets within about 10 m. But it seems unlikely to have the capacity to pulverize an area the size of "scores of soccer fields," as the Defense Ministry has claimed.

      Mobile launch vehicles for the missiles were also unveiled in the parade.

      Also on show were the Israeli-made "Spike" missile and a remote-controlled quadruped robotic vehicle.

      The Spike missiles were bought after the North shelled Yeonpyeong Island in November 2010 and are supposedly capable of destroying North Korean artillery kept in underground bunkers. They were deployed warfare-ready on the five northwesternmost islands in May.

      They have a range of 25 km and weighs 70 kg.

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