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09:08 AM, November 18, 2016
South Korea To Produce Long-Range Missile To Counter North
Model missiles including a North Korean Scud-B at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul, South Korea during February 2016. (Photo Credit: Forbes)

South Korea on Wednesday has considered developing a long range rocket system to strengthen its capabilities to counter increasing North Korean military threats.

Including a long-range rocket system, South Korea has approved three major defense projects, The Korea Herald reported Thursday.

During the 2017-2020, South Korea will develop and deploy an unguided projectile that can be mounted on a new 230mm multiple rocket launch system (MRLS) built locally to deal with the North's artillery threats, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said was quoted as saying in a statement.

"If deployed and launched, the new unguided projectile MRLS could wreck considerable havoc on exposed targets deep within enemy territory," DAPA spokesman Kim Si-cheol said. One such rocket could lay waste to an area roughly the size of three football fields.

Further, in another project, the government will inject about 18.4 billion won (US$16 million) for 27 months through the end of 2019 to develop the country's 3,000-ton next-generation Batch-III frigates.

The warships are a continuation of the Incheon and Daegu class of ships entering the Navy but will be larger and more capable.

 The vessels in these classes are officially referred to as Ulsan ships, which is also the name give to nine frigates that were commissioned in the 1980s and 1990s and are in the process of being phased out of service.

The government's approval comes amid mounting geopolitical uncertainties surrounding the Korean Peninsula.

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