South Korea to develop 'Frankenmissile' to counter North
ANI | Updated: Oct 20, 2017 11:35 IST
Seoul [South Korea], Oct.20 (ANI): South Korea's military establishment has informed the defence committee of the country's National Assembly, that it plans to develop a "Frankenmissile" to counter North Korea's escalating missile and nuclear capabilities.
According to a report in the Singapore-based Strait Times, the military has submitted a report in response to an annual parliamentary audit conducted by the National Assembly's Defence Committee.
Combined with indigenous tactical surface-to-surface missiles and Hyunmoo-class intermediate-range ballistic missiles, the advanced pre-emptive strike capability would inflict "unbearable cost" to the North by neutralising its nuclear and missile sites, as well as long-range artillery units, the army has said.
South Korea has reportedly been working on advancing ballistic missiles capability since it struck a deal with the United States to scrap limits on the missiles' payload in September.
Previously, Seoul was banned from fitting warheads weighing over 500 kilograms on its ballistic missiles with a range of over 800 kilometers.
The development of such an advanced ballistic missile is a part of the army's effort to minimize civilian casualties and end the war, if it takes place, as soon as possible.
The military has reportedly initiated a five-pronged weapons development strategy to develop high-precision powerful missile, establish agile manoeuvre corps, build units using drones and robots, develop advanced battle system and create a special warfare brigade for "deception strikes" against North Korea and its leader Kim Jong Un.