The military begins development of KTSSM
-II , also known as the ‘long-range artillery killer.’ 먹튀검증With a range that reaches all the way to the Yalu River in the northernmost part of North Korea, the ability to respond to North Korea’s increasingly sophisticated provocation threats is expected to be greatly strengthened. Reporter Seongjae Lim reports. [Reporter] In November 2010, North Korea carried out a provocation by firing about 170 artillery shells at Yeonpyeong Island in the West Sea. The main weapon was a long-range artillery that retreated from the mine shaft, fired, and then concealed itself in the mine shaft. In response to this, the military developed a tactical ground-to-ground guided weapon, KTSSM , which can destroy the position itself in an underground tunnel. The Katism, also known as the ‘long-range artillery killer’, is a penetrating heat-pressure warhead that penetrates several meters underground, and in a test launch last May, the missiles fired in succession boasted the accuracy of hitting a target more than 120 km away. [Yang Wook / Research Fellow, Asan Institute for Policy Studies: It is evaluated as a bunker buster ballistic missile that can penetrate enemy positions and command centers with various warheads such as high explosives or cluster bombs using the technology of the Hyunmoo-2 ballistic missile . Very precise strikes are possible with an error of less than a few meters.] The military authorities did not stop here and also began developing the Katism-II, which improved the range and penetration power.
The plan is to increase the existing range of 180 km to more than 300 km, putting it in range up to the northernmost Yalu River. The plan is to increase mobility and survivability by designing it so that it can be operated from a mobile launch pad ( TEL
) rather than a fixed position . It is evaluated that it will be able to reach all of North Korea while taking advantage of the existing K-Tism, and will be able to strike enemy command centers, airfields, air defense networks, and supply bases in depth. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration plans to complete the development of Katism-II by the end of 2027.