September 24, 2014 09:43
North Korea is developing a new precision-guided bomb, similar to the U.S.' GPS-guided joint direct attack munitions or JDAMs, the military here believes.
"We expect that the North will finish development of a new precision-guided bomb in the near future because we've detected signs that the North has been conducting tests for a few years now," a military source here said.
Military authorities say they detected signs of a fighter jet dropping the new bomb over a testing ground in North Korea's Hwanghae Province this year.
The JDAM is a GPS-guided bomb with a range of 28 km and alleged accuracy of about 13 m. The North's new bomb is believed to have a range of some 10 km.
It is believed to be guided by the Global Orbiting Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS), the Russian version of GPS, the source added.
If the North succeeds in developing the new bomb, it could pose a greater threat to South Korea.
The South Korean Air Force has a variety of precision bombs, including a home-grown device with a range of some 100 km.
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