PYONGYANG, -- According a statement from the South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-Koo on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, North Korea is ready to deploy a new 300mm Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) by the end of this year.
Recent pictures released on Internet showed test-fired of a new 300 mm MLRS somewhere in North Korea. Military authorities of South Korea and the United States have monitored the development process about new North Korean MLRS from about three years ago.
North Korea has allegedly test-fired 300mm multiple rocket launchers since 2013. The latest test-firings were conducted three times in March alone.
The new launchers, which are estimated to have a maximum range of 200 km, can target the headquarters of the army, navy and air force in the country's central region and U.S. bases in South Korea's western region.
The first visual confirmation of the weapon system’s existence appeared on October 10, 2015, in footage and photographs of the parade held in Pyongyang for the 70th anniversary of the foundation for the Workers’ Party of Korea.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea new 300mm MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) during firing test in March 2016.