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S Korea Succeeds in Lightweight Torpedo Test
October 21, 2004
The ROK Navy has successfully tested an anti-submarine lightweight torpedo called the Cheongsangeo (Blue Shark), which can be launched both at sea and from the air, a researcher at the Agency for Defense Development said.
The Cheongsangeo, developed with Korean technology for the first time, will boost the Navy's anti-submarine combat capability, said Lee Jae-myung. It can be launched from warships and from the air by P-3C maritime surveillance patrol aircraft.
In eight-shot test-firing sequences between July and September, the torpedoes hit unmanned targets at depths of 40 to 50 meters in the East Sea.
The 280-kilogram and 2.7-meter long missile, which can attain a speed of more than 45 knots (83 kilometers per hour), was developed at a cost of about 50 billion won ($43 million) since 1995. Each torpedo carries an estimated one billion won price tag, almost half that of a similar foreign-made torpedo.