September 05, 2017 10:48
The South Korean military fired surface-to-surface and air-to-surface missiles from the east coast on Monday morning in response to North Korea's sixth nuclear test.
The aim of the show of force was to practice striking the North's nuclear test site in Pungye-ri, North Hamgyong Province.
The Defense Ministry said it is talking with the U.S. about deploying strategic weapons like an aircraft carrier strike group including large landing ships and strategic bombers, a spokesman said.
"A Hyunmu-2A ballistic missile with a range of 300 km and a SLAM-ER air-launched cruise missile with a range of 278 km hit a simulated target in the East Sea," the spokesman said. "The distance of the simulated target in the open seas was set in consideration of the distance to the North's nuclear test site about 280 km away."
The Hyunmu-2A was fired from the coast and the SLAM-ER from an F-15K fighter jet.
"The drill demonstrated the military's capability to strike the source of provocation and the enemy's leadership and supporting forces with pinpoint accuracy in an emergency," the spokesman added.
The SLAM-ER can hit targets with a margin of error of just 3 m. It can penetrate a structure made of 1.2 m thick reinforced concrete wall.
The Hyunmu-2A, which originally had a 500 kg payload capacity, has recently been fitted with 1.5 ton payload.
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