On 7 October (Seoul time), in the middle of a long U.S. holiday weekend and when most American attention was turned to the November elections, the Republic of Korea (ROK or South Korea) announced new missile guidelines (NMG) that extend the range of ballistic missiles to 800km with a 500kg payload. The NMG also increase the payload of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from 500kg to 2,500kg. The South Korean government says it will be able to deploy ballistic missiles with the extended range within five years. The increased UAV payload will give the ROK an opportunity to develop a high-altitude UAV with enhanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capacity to support its expanding capability to strike deep into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea).
Korean Peninsula 25 October 2012