North Korea has launched four Scud ballistic missiles into the sea of its eastern coast 2802143

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Friday, February 28, 2014 10:40 AM
 
North Korea has launched four Scud ballistic missiles into the sea of its eastern coast.
According South Korean Defense Ministry, North Korea has launched four Scud medium-range ballistic missiles into the sea of its eastern coast Thursday, February 27, 2014. The missiles were fired just days after the start of annual joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States that North Korea opposes.
     
According South Korean Defense Ministry, North Korea has launched four Scud medium-range ballistic missiles into the sea of its eastern coast Thursday, February 27, 2014. The missiles were fired just days after the start of annual joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States that North Korea opposes.
The No-Dong-B (BM-25 Musudan) is a local-made medium-range ground-to-ground ballistic missile based on the technology of the Russian-made ballistic missile Scud-C.
     
On the first day of the drills, North Korea briefly violated the tense western sea border three times, following last week's firing of what military sources believed to be a new type of rocket larger than 300 mm caliber from a multiple rocket launcher.

The South Korean Defense Ministry said that the North had fired the Scuds in a northeasterly direction and that they probably fell into North Korean waters of the East Sea, which is also known as the Sea of Japan.

It was the first time North Korea had fired Scud missiles, which have a range that covers the whole of the Korean Peninsula, since 2009, South Korea said.

Defense officials also confirmed reports that North Korea fired four other short-range KN-02 missiles with a range of about 100 kilometers one week ago.

The North Korean Army are equipped with three types of Scud missiles, but also wilth local-made No-Dong based on Scuid C/D and Hwasong missile based on the technology of Russian-made missile Scud-B.

The Scud SS-1 medium range ballistic missiles are battlefield support weapons designed to strike at targets such as marshalling areas, major storage dumps and airfields behind enemy lines. Warheads can be nuclear, chemical (persistent) or conventional HE. The latest variant of the Sud missile has a maximum range of 500 km.
 

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