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South Korea unveils test-firing footage of newest Hyeonmu-2 ballistic missiles

31 August 2017

South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has reacted to Pyongyang’s 29 August test launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) by releasing video footage showing the country’s newest Hyeonmu-2 (pronounced: Hyunmoo) ballistic missile being tested.

Published shortly after the North launched a Hwasong-12 IRBM that flew over northern Japan, the 82 second-long video clip shows the test-firing from truck-mounted launchers of what the MND described as a 500 km-range missile with an improved warhead, and an 800 km-range missile, both of which are stated to have been developed indigenously.

South Korea’s MND released video footage on 29 August showing the test-firing of Hyeonmu-2 ballistic missiles with a 500 and 800 km range, respectively. This image shows what appears to be an 800 km-range Hyeonmu-2C being fired from a truck-mounted launcher located on a sea-based platform. (South Korean MND)South Korea’s MND released video footage on 29 August showing the test-firing of Hyeonmu-2 ballistic missiles with a 500 and 800 km range, respectively. This image shows what appears to be an 800 km-range Hyeonmu-2C being fired from a truck-mounted launcher located on a sea-based platform. (South Korean MND)

The video then shows the 500 km-range missile, which is likely to have been a Hyeonmu-2B, accurately hitting a simulated ground target, while the 800 km-range missile, likely to have been a Hyeonmu-2C, is seen falling into a designated area in the sea.



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