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Anti-submarine missile to debut in Korea by 2007
August 31, 2005
A state-run defense research institute on August 4 said it plans to develop a sophisticated long-range anti-submarine missile on its own by 2007 as part of programs to build a "cooperative self-reliant" defense capability.
The Agency for Defense Development (ADD) said it has set aside a total of 100 billion won ($990 million) a year to build the anti-submarine missiles, which are being planned to equip 4000-ton-class destroyers.
Last May, the Navy launched its fourth 4,000-ton-class destroyer, "Wang Geon," which is capable of waging anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare as well as electronic surveillance operations and stealth functions. The Wang Geon is the fourth and last 4,000-ton-class destroyer that the Navy has developed under its shipbuilding program, codenamed KDX-II.
The envisaged satellite-guided missile will be able to hit an enemy submarine located at a distance of about 20 kilometers (12 miles). Currently, the United States, Russia and France have their own anti-submarine missiles.
"The ADD has devoted itself to boosting the nation's military capability and competitiveness in preparation for future warfare by developing advanced weapons systems, including radar-evading stealth technology," said Choi Tae-in, vice director of the agency, in a briefing. The institute celebrated the 35th anniversary of its founding on August 3.