US Begins THAAD Missile Defense System Deployment In S. Korea

  • Our Bureau
  • 08:18 AM, March 7, 2017
  • 3574
US Begins THAAD Missile Defense System Deployment In S. Korea

The United States has begun the process of deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system - an advanced missile defense system to South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported citing a military official.

The first elements of the system, including two launchers, arrived at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, Monday, the US and Seoul militaries told the news agency on Tuesday.

"The deployment could be completed within one or two months and it can be operational as early as April," a Seoul military official was quoted as saying. The system is purely defensive and poses no threat to other countries in the region, the report states.

A C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft has delivered the first elements of the THAAD system to the southeastern rural county of Seongju, 296 kilometers south of Seoul, the site for the battery, Moon Sang-gyun, a spokesman for the defense ministry was quoted as saying.

He didn't provide a schedule for the transfer. The remaining equipment is expected to be gradually delivered here, he said without elaborating.

Also Read

South Korea's Lotte Approves Land Swap For Thaad Missile Deployment

February 27, 2017 @ 02:55 PM

THAAD Missile System To Be Deployed At Golf Course In South Korea

September 30, 2016 @ 11:35 AM

South Korea, US Plan To Deploy THAAD Missile Defense System

February 23, 2016 @ 01:08 PM

South Korea Refuses To Renegotiate Costs Involved In Thaad Missile Deployment

May 1, 2017 @ 10:44 AM

South Korea Discards Trump’s $1 Billion Demand For THAAD Missile

April 28, 2017 @ 01:57 PM

US Begins THAAD Missile System Installation In South Korea

April 26, 2017 @ 03:57 PM

Lockheed Martin Wins $286M Worth Contracts For US, UAE THAAD Missile System

March 29, 2017 @ 09:31 AM

N Korea Making Advances In Building Rockets, Missiles

March 20, 2017 @ 12:34 PM

S.Korea To Receive THAAD Missile Radar Component By Month-end

March 8, 2017 @ 02:08 PM
FEATURES/INTERVIEWS