South Korea us seeking to develop its own long range missile intercept system instead of paying about 3 trillion won ($2.6 billion) for the US-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Jeong Kyeong-doo said, “It should be about, give or take, 3 trillion won,” during a parliamentary audit on Tuesday at the Air Force’s headquarters in the Gyeryongdae. He however did not provide details on the estimate and said that the figure was an approximate one, local media reports said.
Jeong said, “South Korea and the US are not currently in talks over THAAD purchase.”
THAAD is capable of shooting down short, medium and intermediate range ballistic missiles.
Seoul is seeking to develop its Long range surface to air missile with similar interception capabilities as part of its initiative to develop missile defense system, Yonhap reported.
A THAAD battery, which consists of six truck-mounted launchers, 48 interceptors, an air-transportable radar system and a fire and communications element, had widely been valued at 1 trillion won to 2 trillion won, and no more than two units would likely be put in place here.
Jeong also remained cautious about THAAD, saying the Air Force is pursuing the KAMD program and adopting the U.S. system may entail other problems such as bringing in necessary intelligence surveillance reconnaissance assets to operate alongside it.
“There are various conditions in order to operate THAAD,” he said. “The Defense Ministry will carefully review its stationing taking into account various security factors.
On the military aspect, a THAAD deployment has pros and cons.
Lockheed Martin has delivered the 100th interceptor for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. THAAD, a key element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), is considered effective in defending the US military, allied forces, citizen population centers and critical infrastructure from short- and medium-range ballistic missile attacks
South Korea has not discussed the possibility of purchasing the advanced missile defense system during Lockheed Martins visit last week. Senior Lockheed Martin officials visited Seoul last week and asked if the government intended to buy its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, Yonhap news agency reported
Members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman may create a collective regional missile defense system to counter Irans missile activities, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday. “Heightened threat perceptions of Irans missile activities are spurring the move toward integrating the different systems to improve collective defense
South Korean official has pushed for the deployment of an advanced US missile system, as a defense against Norths missile and nuclear programs. Kim Moo-sung, chairman of the ruling Saenuri Party was quoted as saying by Yonhap: “It's high time for South Korea to have a forward-looking and aggressive stance on the deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery”
The US has conducted a $230 million worth test of a layered missile defense system, which has the ability of Aegis and THAAD weapons systems to identify and destroy ballistic and cruise missiles at once. The test involved a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system built by Lockheed Martin , two AN/TPY-2 radar systems built by Raytheon, Lockheed's Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications system, and the USS John Paul Jones destroyer with its AN/SPY-1 radar
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South Korea has ordered an investigation in the US denial of technology for the nations multi-billion dollar KF-X fighter jet project. The US did not allow exports of four major technologies promised for the South Korean project in a decision made in April
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