South Korea successfully tests firing of SLBM Hyunmoo 4-4 missile from submarine

In the world, only 7 countries have submarines capable of deploying ballistic missiles: the 5 permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (China, United States, France, Great Britain and Russia), India and North Korea. An eighth country has just demonstrated this capability. Indeed, the Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine, the first unit of the eponymous class from the KSS-III program, and the first entirely South Korean submarine, would have completed the first shot of a Hyunmoo 4-4 ballistic missile according to several corroborating sources, and an absence of denial from the Seoul authorities. This successful test occurs after a first success made from an underwater platform took place in July 2021, and the entry into service of this underwater ballistic component will be effective once the third test has been successful, scheduled to take place before the end of September.

The entry into service of this South Korean ballistic capability is, for many, a response to the arrival of the North Korean SLBM (submarine-launched ballistic missile) Pukguksong presented publicly duringa huge military parade organized in Pyongyang in October 2020. However, this was first and foremost part of the South Korean doctrine aimed at dissuading its turbulent half-brother from any offensive action, by equipping itself with a significant ballistic strike force with a conventional precision charge and endowed with a high penetration capability, intended to eliminate North Korea's ballistic capabilities should they show signs of imminent strike readiness. Not being equipped, like Pyongyang, with nuclear power, Seoul has, in fact, since the mid-70s, made the choice to acquire a first strike force designed and sized to eliminate nuclear capacities and main strategic targets of his opponent before a possible conflict.

In October 2019, Pyongyang carried out the first successful test of its SLBM Pukguksong-3 missile

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