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S.Korea Develops Surface-to-Air Missile

People's Daily Tuesday, November 16, 1999

South Korea said on November 15 that it has developed a surface-to-air missile named Chonma with a shooting range of up to 10 kilometers which is to be deployed in December. Chonma, developed by 13 South Korean companies and France's Thomson Company, is expected to greatly contribute to enhancing the country's medium-altitude air defense system. Equipped with eight guided missiles, it is capable of being fired in all types of weather and is suitable for South Korea's mountainous topography, said the Agency for Defense Development. The missile, with a maximum speed of 60 kilometers per hour, can run in waters one meter deep, according to the agency. South Korea began to develop Chonma in 1987 and test-fired it in 1997