SEOUL: South Korea will show off a cruise missile capable of surgical strikes on the North Korean leadership when it stages a military parade in Seoul next month, the defense ministry said on Wednesday.
The parade on October 1 marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of South Korea’s armed forces and is held every five years.
Around 11,000 troops will take part along with picks from the South’s military arsenal, including tanks, artillery and rockets and a flyover involving air force helicopters and jet fighters, a ministry official said.
Also on display will be the Hyeonmu 3, an indigenously developed cruise missile that was first deployed on naval destroyers in November last year.
Two days after North Korea carried out its third nuclear test on February 12, the South’s defense ministry called in the media for a video presentation of the Hyeonmu’s capabilities.
“It is a precision-guided weapon that can identify and strike the office window of the North’s command headquarters,” ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters at the time.
The North’s nuclear test triggered two months of heightened military tensions on the Korean peninsula that witnessed almost daily threats of strikes and counter-strikes.