SSM-700K Haeseong

SSM-700K Haeseong (C-Star) Anti-ship Missile is a ship launched anti-ship cruise missile developed by the Korea Agency for Defense Development (ADD), LIG Nex1 and the Republic of Korea Navy in 2003. The missiles are deployed on KDX-II and KDX-III destroyers as of 2006, each carrying 8 and 16 of the missiles respectively.

SSM-700K Haeseong
Class Missile
Type Surface to Surface
Manufacturer LIG Nex1
Origin South Korea
Country Name Origin Year
South Korea 1996
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
South Korea 2006 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
LIG Nex1 2004 150 View

During the 1970s the Republic of Korea Navy decided to import Exocet anti-ship missiles to deter North Korean naval provocations. Considering the fact that the DPRK Navy is composed of numerous small to midsize ships, a cheap, small guided anti-ship missile was proposed. In 1978 the Korean Agency for Defense Development (ADD) started the development of the Hae Ryong anti-ship missile, and by 1987 the ROK Navy approved for the mass production of the missiles. But the Hae Ryong was fitted with a semi-active laser guidance system, limiting its tactical capability during bad weather. Additional pressure from the USA ultimately resulted in the termination of the project.

In 1990, the problem of large proportions of the defense budget going into buying anti-ship missiles from foreign countries was brought up. The ROK Navy ordered the ADD to develop a missile that was in par with or better in performance than the Harpoon Block 1C missile. The new missile was codenamed Haeseong, and research of the following core missile technologies was started in 1996.

  • Microwave Seeking System
  • Inertial Navigation System
  • Radio Altimeter
  • Electronic Jamming system
  • Turbofan Engine

After 7 years of research, on August 21, 2003, the ADD successfully test fired the Haeseong and sunk the target dummy vessel. On December 20, 2005 the first production model was successfully fired from ROKS Dae Joyeong (DDH 977) KDX-II class destroyer.

Type Anti-ship missile
Place of origin Republic of Korea
Service history
In service 2006-present
Used by Naval Jack of South Korea.svg Republic of Korea Navy
Production history
Designer Agency for Defense Development
LIG Nex1
Designed 1996-2003
Unit cost ? 2,500,000,000
Produced 2004-present
Weight 718 kg(with launcher:1,016kg)
Length 5.46 m
Width 0.54 m
Operational Range 150 km
Speed 1013 km/h (Mach 0.85)

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