[단독]The military is building launch facilities for high-powered missiles on a deserted island in the West Sea

Hyunmoo-2B, a new ballistic missile that flies while emitting flames from a coastal launch pad installed at ADD’s comprehensive test site. Provided by the Ministry of National Defense on 3 June 2015

It is known that the military is building a test facility for flight tests of large missiles such as long-range guided missiles (L-SAM) and high-powered ballistic missiles on an uninhabited island in the West Sea. This measure was taken in response to the increasing demand for South Korea’s missile development to respond to the sophistication of North Korea’s ballistic missile development.

According to Representative Kang Dae-shik, the power of the people on the 22nd, the Defense Development Agency (ADD) is promoting a project to build a missile launch facility on a deserted island by spending about 35.7 billion won from next year to 2026 At the moment, discussions are underway in the Special Committee on the Budget and Accounts of the National Assembly regarding the reflection of the related budget in next year’s defense budget. ADD is also promoting the construction of a large test vessel equipped with the Korean Vertical Launch Vehicle (KVLS). It is expected that around 159.3 billion won will be invested between this year and 2026 to build this test ship which can launch small and medium guided missiles.

ADD believes that if such a test space is created, safety issues will be resolved while reducing the rental fee of the boat used for the current test launch (8 billion won per year ). Representative Kang said, “To prepare for the growing threat from North Korea and to address the damage to residents that occurred at the current test site, a new research facility capable of launching all types of missiles.”

In the midst of this, it is reported that South Korea and the United States have recently discussed ways to hold the joint submarine drill ‘Silent Shark’, which has been held every two years since 2007, in the middle of next year. South Korea and the United States are strengthening their joint preparedness posture in response to North Korea’s submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) development.

Reporter Shin Gyu-jin [email protected]

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