GUMI, South Korea, Mar 24 (AFP): South Korea on Friday showcased a locally-developed ship-to-ship cruise missile and a shoulder-launched missile to counter North Korea's missile threat.
The new weapons went on display at a defense plant here south of Seoul at a ceremony attended by Defense Minister Yoon Kwang-Ung.
"We have completed the development of the two indigenous missiles," said a spokesman for the government's defense acqusition program administration.
The portable Singung missile automatically explodes against a target flying within a radius of 1.5 kilometers, sending out 720 fragments.
This is the first portable anti-aircraft missile developed by South Korea, which has imported hundreds of US and French shoulder-launched missiles for low-altitude targets.
Military officials said the new cruise missile, Haeseong, with a range of up to 150 kilometers, would replace its US-made Harpoon missiles.
The new 2.7-meter-long missile can be launched from both ships and helicopters, and travels at a speed of 45 knots (83 kilometers per hour).
South Korea last year deployed new medium-range missiles capable of hitting most strategic targets in North Korea.
It is also developing a new surface-to-air missile with a 50-kilometer range to replace its outdated US-made Hawk missiles.