C4iSR: Maritime

South Korea to resume production of indigenous ASW missile

28 May 2014

South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 25 May that it has improved the accuracy of a homegrown ship-launched anti-submarine missile and is on track towards restarting its mass production.

The Korean Anti-Submarine Rocket (K-ASROC), or Hongsangeo as it is locally known, is a vertically launched two-stage missile that carries a 280 kg torpedo as its payload.

The torpedo is ejected from the carrier missile as it nears a targeted submarine and descends via parachute into the water. The torpedo is then guided to its objective via a sonar system. The missile is powered by a solid-propellant motor, has a maximum range of 20 km, and is guided by an inertial navigation system (INS) and GPS.

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