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Supersonic Cruise Missile in Development (South Korea)
The Chosun Ilbo, South Korea ^ | Aug. 17, 2011

Posted on 08/16/2011 8:48:02 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Supersonic Cruise Missile in Development

South Korea is developing a supersonic cruise missile that can be used to attack aircraft carriers, Aegis ships and up-to-date destroyers.

"Think tanks like the Agency for Defense Development have been developing a supersonic anti-ship cruise missile for some years now. They're expected to complete development in three to four years at the earliest," a government source said Tuesday.

The missile under development is modeled after Russia's powerful Yakhont missile, which is 8.9 m long and weighs 3 tons, but will be smaller, the source added. It will be able to reach speeds of up to Mach 2.5, with a range of 250-300 km.

Currently, the Navy has homegrown Haesung ship-to-ship missiles with a range of 150 km and the American-made Harpoon anti-ship missiles with the same range. But they can be intercepted by short-range anti-aircraft missiles or machine guns, as they fly slower than the speed of sound.

But supersonic missiles are harder to intercept as they fly fast a few meters above the surface. Russia has been developing various models to respond to American aircraft carriers. China and Japan already have such missiles or are developing them.

The missile South Korea is developing will also be capable of hitting targets on the ground, including North Korean coastal artillery batteries and long-range artillery.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: ashm; cruisemissile; southkorea; yakhont

1 posted on 08/16/2011 8:48:07 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

If we had a leader, this spot would be glass by now.


2 posted on 08/16/2011 8:50:13 PM PDT by doc1019 (You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Let’s name it the “Long Big Bang Dong” missile.


3 posted on 08/16/2011 8:51:20 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Do our carriers have reliable counter measures against missiles like this, or are they basically sitting ducks?


4 posted on 08/16/2011 9:00:21 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: KoRn

We could tell you, but...


5 posted on 08/16/2011 9:06:21 PM PDT by null and void (Day 935. The mob is decisive when the law is not.)
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To: KoRn
Defense in depth.

It starts with the "outer air battle." That's where the carrier's aircraft take out any potential launch platforms before they can launch on the fleet.

Then there are the SAM equipped ships and AEGIS weapons system. Smaller engagement envelope against supersonic sea skimmers, but still effective.

Self-defense includes two missile systems: Sea-Sparrow and Rolling Airframe Missile.

Then there is the last ditch Close-In Weapons System, a 20mm 6 barreled gattling gun firing from 3000 to 4500 rounds per minute (50-75 per second) with its own radar and engagement computer.

Toss in electronic countermeasures... Then if worse comes to worse... They are big, 1000 ft long, something like 7 layer hulls. Certainly no one single (non-nuclear) missile is going to sink them. Probably won't even significantly impact flight ops.

6 posted on 08/16/2011 9:23:02 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
"Let’s name it the “Long Big Bang Dong” missile."

And put this guy's pic on each missile! LOL!

7 posted on 08/16/2011 9:27:16 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
They could buy some SS-N-22 Sunburn missiles from the Ruskies which flies at a top speed of Mach 3.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS-N-22

Or they could purchase the new BrahMos missile from India which also flies up to Mach 3.

The Indians are now working on a hypersonic BrahMos that will fly up to Mach 6 and will be ready for deployment by 2016.
8 posted on 08/16/2011 9:35:41 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: doc1019

Hang on there guys.
South Korea is our ally and we have tens of thousands of troops there.
I think you may all be thinking of North Korea.


9 posted on 08/16/2011 10:47:22 PM PDT by 1912comeback (Forever Forward!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
I notice there seems to be a lot of confusion here. This is about the SOUTH Koreans building a supersonic weapon... You know, our ALLIES!

North bad... South good...

As to the US’s capabilities against these types of weapons. Limited capability exists with more in the pipe.

10 posted on 08/17/2011 4:32:44 AM PDT by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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To: Freeport

yes, but what if they sell it to the chicoms? /s


11 posted on 08/17/2011 4:34:29 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Rats carry plague)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Both are pretty big and cumbersome and you can’t launch them from your average sub, frigate, missile boat or tactical fighter. The Korean weapon, being much newer is likely to be significantly smaller.


12 posted on 08/17/2011 9:12:21 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The BrahMos can be launched from subs, ships, aircraft, and from land.


13 posted on 08/17/2011 10:40:13 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

You can’t launch the Brahmos from the standard 533 mm torpedo tubes of a sub; you would need a VLS for that. Which would requiring modifying your (small) Diesel-electric subs; which is also why the Indian navy has continued to buy the smaller Klub cruise missile for its subs.

About surface-ships, it’s more or less the same problem. Your average missile boat or corvette can mount about four of them and even then won’t be able to exploit it fully due to the limitations of their onboard sensors. About aircraft, the only TACTICAL aircraft which can deploy the Brahmos is the SU-30 and theoritically the F-15 too.


14 posted on 08/17/2011 10:51:06 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Sounds like a missile their military can grow into!


15 posted on 08/17/2011 11:53:33 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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