In a report to the National Assembly this week, the South Korean Army states with confidence it can “totally destroy” North Korea’s front-line artillery in their hardened positions along the Demilitarized Zone and along its coastlines.
The report outlines a three-tier strategy to quickly cripple North Korea’s military. The first stage will involve use of South Korea’s home-developed KTSSM-I, a tactical surface-to-surface missile known colloquially as “The Artillery Killer,” to strike the camouflaged and deeply embedded 170 mm self-propelled howitzers and 240 mm multiple-rocket launch systems.
The second stage will involve use of the KTSSM-II missile system to target SCUD missile facilities and 300-mm rocket launchers. The third stage will see Hyunmoo-II ballistic missiles fired at North Korea’s nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons of mass destruction.
According to the Yonhap News Agency, South Korea is continuing to develop its Hyunmoo line of ballistic missiles to develop longer-range capabilities that will allow it to strike a deadly blow against North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and his regime leadership. Under a new agreement being developed jointly between South Korea and the U.S., the Hyunmoo-IV missile will be allowed to have a longer range and larger payload capacity than current limits.
Under an agreement ratified in 2012, South Korean ballistic missiles are limited to a range of 500 miles and a maximum payload of 1,100 lbs.
This three-tiered missile strategy is part of a three-axis defense plan that involves South Korea’s “Kill-Chain” pre-emptive strike plan, the Korean Air and Missile Defense plan, and the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation scheme. These plans were developed ahead of the impending changeover to a South Korean-led Combined Forces Command for the peninsula.
The Republic of Korea Army now numbers a troop strength of 490,000 soldiers.