South Korea has successfully test-fired a domestic ballistic missile by launching it from a new submarine, becoming the eighth country in the world to possess this weapon.
The Defense Development Agency has conducted test launches of the underwater missile from a Doosan An Chang-ho type submarine, after successful launches from an underwater barge. The submarine-launched ballistic missiles will be produced in large numbers.
The missile is believed to be a variant of the Hyunmo 2B ballistic missile, with a flight range of about 500 km, and it will be fitted with conventional warheads.
Unlike conventional land-based missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles are difficult to detect because they are launched from submarines to deliver sudden strikes, which is why they are often called a “game changer”.