Seoul, Feb 12 (EFE).- North Korea has developed a new “controllable shell and ballistic control system for [a] multiple rocket launcher,” according to state media.
The Academy of Defense Science conducted a test-firing of 240 millimeter caliber multiple rocket launcher shells on Sunday, KCNA reported on Monday.
“The development of 240 mm-caliber controllable multiple rocket launcher shell and its ballistic control system will make a qualitative change in our army’s multiple rocket launcher force,” it added
This technical development will help reevaluate the strategic value and utility for this type of projectile, and increase the role of such a weapon on battlefields, according to KCNA.
The announcement comes a day after South Korea’s military detected rocket launches towards the Yellow Sea from North Korea’s west coast, information that Seoul did not make public, a source told the local Yonhap news agency Monday.
The military announces the launch of ballistic missiles and other major weapons only, the same source added.
This is the first time that the North has claimed to have successfully carried out a test with “controllable” 240 mm projectiles which, if accurate, could increase the potential range and precision of this type of weapon.
In January last year, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un referred to a new model of 600 mm multiple rocket launcher as a weapon capable of being equipped with tactical nuclear warheads.
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have been growing due to the North’s continuous weapons tests, which in recent weeks have included launches of cruise missiles from sea and land, and artillery fire into waters near the inter-Korean maritime border.
This coincides with the greater rapprochement between Pyongyang and Moscow, and with Washington and its allies accusing North Korea of providing weapons to Russia for war in Ukraine. EFE