North Korea has unveiled a new anti-ship missile that is presumed to have a maximum range of 130 kilometers.
The North’s Korean Central Television recently disclosed images of missiles being launched that look like Russia’s anti-ship Kh-35 missiles.
Kh-35 missiles were developed by Russia in the mid-1990s and can fly at an altitude of 15 meters or less above sea surface. Their maximum range is 130 kilometers.
A South Korean military official said the North’s new missile could become a serious threat as South Korean corvettes and escort ships along the maritime border of Northern Limit Line do not have the electric jamming equipment or cannons to intercept such missiles.
The North’s Navy is known to have developed anti-ship missiles in the 1950s, called Styx missiles. Its improved model has a maximum range of 80 kilometers.