South Korea develops mid-range GPS-guided bombs



Seoul: South Korea has developed bombs equipped with a global positioning system capable of targeting distant enemies day and night, the state arms development agency said on Monday.

The Agency for Defence Development and 20 defence firms, including LIG Nex1, jointly developed the 225-kilogram guided bomb with a 40 billion won (about $378 million) budget over the last five years to improve the combat capabilities of fighter jets.

"The Korea GPS-guided bomb shows that South Korea is capable of developing a weapons system for its fighters with its own technology," Lee Dae Yeol, a senior researcher at the ADD, was quoted as saying, reported Yonhap News Agency.

The GPS-guided bombs to be installed in fighter jets can hit enemies hidden behind obstacles at long range 24 hours a day, the agency said, adding that they were deployed on some fighters from late last year, the report said.

The advanced weapon system is expected to allow aged combat jets, including F-4 and F-5 jets, to better strike intended targets, the ADD said, without specifying its missile range.

(Kyodo)

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