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South Korea test flies a solid-fueled missile

South Korea has successfully completed the second test flight of a solid-fueled missile.

The test came after North Korea claimed earlier this month to have staged a test of a “high-thrust, solid-fuel” rocket motor to develop a “new-type” strategic weapon system.

…In March, the state-run Agency for Defense Development carried out the first test of an indigenous solid-fuel space rocket at a testing site in Taean, 150 kilometers southwest of Seoul, to confirm its capabilities.

The rocket is designed to put a small satellite into a low Earth orbit for surveillance operations. Compared with liquid-fuel space vehicles, solid-fuel ones are known to be usually simpler and more cost-effective to launch.

South Korea might claim this rocket is intended for launching smallsats, but its main purpose almost certainly is as a military missile to counter the missile program of North Korea that has accelerated since Joe Biden became president.

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  • Col Beausabre

    And, given US fecklessness, a nuclear warhead will not be far behind. And you thought all those Koreans getting PhD’s in Physics from US schools was for their power industry….

  • pzatchok

    Nuclear weapons are a deterrent yes but they are a HUGE expense to build and maintain. So much so they are close to not even worth the effort.

    The threat of them is all South Korea needs. That and a good promise from the US to bring theirs into play if North Korea gets frisky.

    Even China does not want to get involved in a nuclear exchange with the rest of the world.(US) China’s power industry could be shut down with less than 3 nuclear bombs and or 50 precision conventional missiles. Their Navy is very limited and without a lot of pre planning they would not get much of a chance to use them.
    Its not easy putting out coal mine fires and the big power dams they have are easy targets.

  • Col Beausabre

    South Korea as the 13th largest economy in the world and an educated population – they can afford it (particularly if they go in with Japan

    “That and a good promise from the US to bring theirs into play if North Korea gets frisky.” No one believes our promises, not even ourselves. Everyone realizes they now need to look to their own defense and not rely on Uncle Sam riding over the hill. To quote Henry Kissinger, “Being an enemy of the US can be dangerous, but being a friend of the US can be fatal”. Ask the South Vietnamese, Iraqis, Afghans…..All promised the US would stand by them.

  • pzatchok

    But But But none if those nations are at war anymore. Without the western powers interfering they never would have been at war in the first place.

    South Korea doesn’t need to go in with Japan. For one Japan would gain nothing but enmity from all the other nations around it..

    South Korea needs the manpower and will to invade the North and take it over if the North ever really threatens them. The simple threat that ALL the leaders in North Korea will die in the next war should be more than enough to stop them from starting it.
    The carrot would be if ALL the leaders were offered industrialist positions of power( and stay out of politics) if they opened up the boarder to the south.

  • John

    Perhaps a statement of the obvious but South or North Korea don’t need orbital capable anything to hit each other. The strategic weapon development is aimed at China and the US.

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