Sleeping a little better.

I was interested in seeing in the news today that South Korea have added their own version of the cruise missile into their military arsenal. The Hyunmu-3C missile has a range of 1,500 kilometres and a payload of 450 kilograms, which I’m sure is enough explosive force to knock a North Korean solider off his bike (and probably a lot more).  It is the longest range missile the South Korea military possess, though far short of the North Korean’s Taepodong-2 missile, which has a range of 6,700 kilometres, and based loosely on a Scud rocket design (so I’m guessing a rocket aimed at South Korea would most likely ended up hitting my apartment block here in Beijing).

Keeping in mind that North Korea, as well as China and Russia, both lie within 1,500 kilometres of South Korea, one has to argue do they need a missile to travel any further? No one really has any qualms with South Korea, except of course the North, but I’m sure a few Hyunmu-3C missiles would be much more effective than the North Korean equivalent.

I do wonder, however, how well protected I am here in Beijing. Being so close to both North and South Korea, as well as the always dodgy Russian’s, it’s not that incomprehensible to think that China may get hit with a stray missile. So how would China react? Well in the worst case scenario, I can see China rolling out some of it’s ‘Dong-Feng 5‘ missiles, all carrying 3,000 kT nuclear warheads with a range of 13,000 kilometres. Probably a little extreme, but a good enough deterrent to ensure one accurately spends the time pointing their own missiles in the right direction.

Combined with an army over 2.5 million people, and a defensive budget of $700 million US dollars this year alone, I’m actually starting to feel rather safe here in the good old People’s Republic!

4 Responses to “Sleeping a little better.”

  1. Safe as long as you don’t upset the generals.

  2. John from Daejeon 18. Jul, 2010 2:48 am

    This is really hard to believe considering that the ROK can’t even get a satellite (with Russian help) to go a a quarter of that distance.

  3. John: I’m sure the engineering side is a lot simplier, seeing as the cruise missile is a single stage rocket compared to a multi-stage space rocket. From what I heard, the failure fo the space rocket was due to the Russian components. (?)

  4. John from Daejeon 19. Jul, 2010 11:05 am

    Funny, the U.S. has no problem relying on those Russian components to ferry their astronauts/supplies to and from the International Space Station and will be doing so for the next several years while the space shuttle fleet is mothballed.