North Korea tests new guided rocket launcher system in latest threat to Seoul

SpaceWar.com reports: “North Korea tested a new ‘controllable shell and ballistic control system’ for multiple rocket launchers, state media reported Monday, as the isolated state keeps up a flurry of weapons launches on a tense Korean Peninsula.

The North’s Academy of Defense Science conducted a test-firing of 240mm-caliber rocket shells using the new system on Sunday, state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.

‘The development of 240mm-caliber controllable multiple rocket launcher shell and its ballistic control system will make a qualitative change in our army’s multiple rocket launcher force,’ the KCNA report said.

After the test, the launcher ‘will be re-evaluated and its role in battlefields [will] be increased,’ the report added.

The South Korean military detected the launches from the west coast toward the Yellow Sea on Sunday, sources told news agency Yonhap.

The test was the latest in a series of provocations by North Korea, which has raised inter-Korean tensions to their highest in years…”

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