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Hyunmoo 2C

Short-range ballistic missile

Hyunmoo 2C ballistic missile

The Hyunmoo 2C ballistic missile can cover all North Korean territory

 
 
Country of origin South Korea
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Crew 3 men
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Warhead weight 500 kg
Warhead type Conventional
Range of fire 800 km
CEP 5 ~ 7 m
Mobility
Engine diesel
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Maximum road speed ~ 70 km/h
Range ~ 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 45%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2.5 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The Hyunmoo 2C is a new South Korean short-range ballistic missile. It was first tested in 2017. The original Hyunmoo 2A was a South Korean version of a Russian Iskander-E ballistic missile. It was deployed in 2008. In 2009 South Koreans fielded an improved Hyunmoo 2B, which had extended range. The latest Hyunmoo 2C has even longer range. It emerged in 2017. The new missile is carried by a larger 5-axle launcher vehicle. Development of these South Korean missiles was kept in high secrecy. The name Hyunmoo literally means "Guardian of the Northern Sky", hinting North Korea. Despite its name the Hyunmoo 2C is unrelated to the original Hyunmoo, that is a modified surface-to-surface version of US Hike Hercules air defense missile, or the Hyunmoo 3, which is a totally different cruise missile. It follows the lines of Hyunmoo 2 series of short-range ballistic missiles.

   The Hyunmoo 2C is a road-mobile system. The launcher vehicle is equipped with a short-range ballistic missile. The solid-fuel missile missile is carried in a square launcher/container. These missiles can be used to attack important enemy targets, such as ballistic missile sites, airfields, air defense batteries, concentrations of troops and equipment, command posts, support facilities and other important point targets. This ballistic missile can be used as an alternative to precision bombing.

   The Hyunmoo 2C missile has a range of 800 km and can carry 500 kg of payload. It can cover all North Korean territory, reach China's and Russia's border areas that are close to South Korea, and covers significant Japan's territory. Overall the Hyunmoo 2C significantly outperforms the Russian Iskander-M system, used by the Russian Army. So even though the Hyunmoo 2 series of missiles was based on the Russian Iskander, the South Koreans continued development and managed to create a much more capable missile. Once fielded in sufficient numbers, these ballistic missiles might become one of the key South Korean military assets to counter North Korean possible missile attacks.

   The Hyunmoo 2C can carry various conventional warheads, including cluster, fuel-air explosive, bunker-busting and electro-magnetic pulse. This missile can also potentially carry nuclear or chemical warheads. Even though currently the South Korea in under US nuclear umbrella of protection, this country has all the necessary materials resources and technology to develop indigenous nuclear weapons in a time frame of just six months to three years. In fact the South Korea made several covert studies and experiments before in order to create indigenous nuclear weapons. Also in the mid 1990s this country was strongly suspected of possessing chemical weapons. It appeared that this country had a chemical weapons stockpile, though these were destructed in 2008 under the Chemical Weapons Convention. South Korea has all resources and technologies to build chemical weapons fairly easily. So in theory the Hyunmoo 2C missiles have potential to be fitted with chemical and nuclear warheads if the South Korea decides so.

   For a number of years South Korea had an agreement with the United States not to develop ballistic missiles with payload exceeding 500 kg. However in 2017 President Trump agreed to lift the 500 kg limit of South Korea's missile warheads to 1 000 kg. So in the near future a number of new South Korean missiles will appear including the Hyunmoo 4 with a range of around 500 km and payload capacity of 1 000 kg.

   The Hyunmoo 2C has inertial guidance system with GPS update. This missile has pinpoint accuracy and is capable of hitting moving targets, as target coordinates can be updated while the missile is in flight. The missile travels at supersonic speed. In the terminal phase of the flight it excessively maneuvers and releases decoys in order to overcome hostile air defense systems.

   This ballistic missile is carried by a 5-axle launcher vehicle. It resembles a US LVSR heavy tactical truck. Engine is located behind and under the cab. The launcher vehicle has good cross country mobility over any terrain. It is fitted with an armored cab which provides protection for the crew from small arms fire and artillery shell splinters.

   Each Hyunmoo 2C launcher vehicle is supported by an associated reloading vehicle, which carries reload missiles. Also there are some other associated vehicles, such as command post vehicle, maintenance and repair vehicles, and so on.

 
Hyunmoo 2C ballistic missile

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