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South Korea is completing the development of a new air defense system: to intercept targets at an altitude of 60 kilometers

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun2,2024

South Korea completes development of new air defense system: to intercept targets at an altitude of 60 kilometers

South Korea announced the completion of development of a long-range surface-to-air missile system (L-SAM) , according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

The L-SAM, designed to intercept targets at an altitude of 50-60 kilometers, has been assessed as combat-capable after meeting military technical requirements.

Once development is complete, mass production of the L-SAM is scheduled to begin next year, with operational deployment expected by 2028. The L-SAM will be a key component of South Korea's multi-layered missile defense strategy, known as the Korean Missile Defense.

The South Korean military currently uses the indigenous medium-range surface-to-air missile system (M-SAM) and the American Patriot Advanced Capability system. -3 (PAC-3), both of which target low-altitude threats. For high-altitude interception, South Korea has relied on the U.S. military's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Korean defense system, capable of protecting against threats at altitudes of 40-150 kilometers.

The system is expected to strengthen the country's ability to effectively counter various missile threats. In addition, the L-SAM Block-II version is currently being developed, designed to intercept even higher-altitude targets.

The introduction of L-SAM into the military arsenal will strengthen South Korea's defense posture, providing more reliable and comprehensive protection against potential missile attacks.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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