South Korea's military on Tuesday unveiled a rare footage of ballistic missile tests hours after North Korea fired a missile over Japan.
The video footage showcasing test-firing of a 500-kilometer-range ballistic missile with improved warhead power and that of another two missiles with a range of 800 km was released by the state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD), Xinhua reports.
The tests were carried out on Aug. 24 as a final flight test, before deploying the homegrown ballistic missiles.
The rare release of the missile test footage by South Korea followed the Democratic People's Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) launch of an unidentified missile that flew over the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido.
The ADD said the missiles will serve as core elements in South Korea’s Kill Chain pre-emptive strike system and the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation (KMPR) scheme.
“Our military has the missile capability with top-level precision and power to strike any place in North Korea if necessary,” the ADD said. “It will greatly reinforce missile forces and power down the road as well”.
The Kill Chain is designed to preemptively strike the DPRK's missile launch sites when signs of the first strike are spotted. The KMPR is a project to preemptively strike the DPRK's leadership and headquarters with massive missile attacks when Pyongyang's first strike signs are detected.
The project includes the development of interceptors such as medium-range surface-to-air missiles (M-SAM) and long-range surface-to-air missiles (L-SAM) that can intercept missiles at an altitude of less than 100 km.