Army of South Korea successfully test-fired Israeli guided missile Spike 2411131

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Defence & Security News - South Korea

 
 
Sunday, November 24, 2013 08:56 AM
 
Army of South Korea successfully test-fired Israeli guided missile Spike.
South Korea successfully fired off an Israeli precision-guided missile Spike capable of striking North Korean coastal artillery on its Yellow Sea border islands last month, the Marine Corps said Friday, the first test-firing since their deployment on northwestern islands in May.
     
South Korea successfully fired off an Israeli precision-guided missile capable of striking North Korean coastal artillery on its Yellow Sea border islands last month, the Marine Corps said Friday, the first test-firing since their deployment on northwestern islands in May.
First test-fired of the Israeli-made guided missile Spike by South Korean army.
     

The satellite-guided Spike missiles, which have a range of about 20 kilometers and weigh 70 kilograms, have been forward deployed in Yeonpyeong and Baengnyeong Islands to deter provocations by North Korea. They are designed to destroy North Korea's underground facilities and strike moving targets.

The missile deployment is part of Seoul's efforts to bolster its capabilities near the border after the North fired off artillery at Yeonpyeong, which lies just 11 km from North Korean shores, three years ago, killing four South Koreans.

"The missile accurately hit a sea-based target located 20 kilometers southwest of Baengnyeong Island," the Marine Corps said.

It is the first time that the missile hit a sea-based target, following its test firing in Israel in March.

The Spike missiles had been scheduled for deployment in late 2012 but a delayed test-firing pushed back the timetable by half a year.

On the eve of the third anniversary of North Korea's shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Friday held field and simulated exercises near the tensely guarded western sea border.

The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps jointly carried out the simulated command post exercise and field training under various scenarios of North Korean attacks on Yeonpyeong Island.

Earlier this year, the communist state set up 76.2 millimeter coastal guns, with a range of 12km, on the coast northwest of Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong. The North has also deployed 122-mm multiple rocket launchers, which have a 20-km range, on land.

     
South Korea successfully fired off an Israeli precision-guided missile capable of striking North Korean coastal artillery on its Yellow Sea border islands last month, the Marine Corps said Friday, the first test-firing since their deployment on northwestern islands in May.
South Korea's Israeli-made Spike missiles are seen during a military parade to mark the 65th anniversary of Armed Forces Day on the street in central Seoul October 1, 2013.
 

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