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ROK submarine fires SLBM for first time

8th September 2021 - 21:15 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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A South Korean submarine has fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile from underwater for the first time. (Photo: ROKN)

The South Korean SLBM programme continues to make headway with a first ejection test from a submerged submarine.

A South Korean submarine successfully fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) for the first time last week.

ROKS Dosan Ahn Chang-ho undertook an underwater ejection test, the Yonhap News Agency noted on 7 September. However, the Ministry of National Defense refused to confirm or even comment on the test.

The event was expected after a similar test was conducted from an underwater barge in July. It is unknown whether the latest underwater ejection completed a full launch cycle and missile flight at this stage.

More tests will be conducted before the Hyunmoo-family SLBM is approved for series production. South Korea …

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