World War 3: South Korea fires high-tech missile in show of force against Kim Jong-un

Thursday, November 2, 2017
By Paul Martin

SOUTH Korea has carried out a live fire drill of a never before seen anti-aircraft missile in a fearsome show of force against Kim Jong-un’s nuclear-armed North.

Thu, Nov 2, 2017

A pair of Cheongung guided missiles were fired from mobile launchers and accelerated up to 4.5 times the speed of sound before obliterating a training target 25 miles away, military chiefs said.

Today’s test is the first time the rocket has been seen in action and comes just a day after the North Korean regime threatened to start World War 3 by “devastating” South Korea and striking the United States with a H-bomb.

The drill was part of a larger exercise by South Korea’s Air Defence Artillery Command and allied troops from the United States.

South Korean military chiefs have previously said an upgraded version of the Cheongung, which was designed to target enemy aircraft, would be able to shoot down Kim’s long-range ballistic missiles which can target most of East Asia.

An official said in June: “The prototype of the KM-SAM to intercept an enemy’s ballistic missile was rated fit for combat operation by meeting all the requirements at a test early this month.”

The new model would reportedly be able to hit North Korean missiles at attitudes of up to 66,000ft and military bosses say it could be ready as early as 2019.

For now, though, South Korea is relying on the American-made THAAD defence system, which enraged despot Kim when it was deployed in earlier this year.

The state-of-the-art kit is designed to intercept enemy missiles and blast them out of the sky without detonating the warhead – either conventional explosive or nuclear – attached to it.

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