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South Korea boosts ballistic missile defences

23rd February 2016 - 09:21 GMT | by Kim Nam Ho in Seoul


Ballistic missile defence is a top priority in South Korea after North Korea’s latest nuclear test on 6 January and rocket test on 7 February. 

Subsequently the US and South Korea began discussing deployment of US Army Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems on the peninsula.

Currently, the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) possesses the Patriot Advanced Capability 2 (PAC-2) and Cheongung medium-range surface-to-air missile (M-SAM). Furthermore, the US has two PAC-3 batteries stationed there, recently reinforced by a third.

In a major purchase announced last March, Raytheon will upgrade South Korea’s PAC-2 systems with software that

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Kim Nam Ho


Kim Nam Ho

Kim Nam Ho began his career as a photographer in 2001 whilst working for a …

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