South Korea’s anti-ballistic missile system destroys test target

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A new South Korean anti-ballistic missile system has performed its first successful intercept this month, media reported on Tuesday, the country’s latest step to boost its defenses against North Korean missiles.

The L-SAM interceptor destroyed a target for the first time in a test, according to Dong-a Ilbo newspaper and Yonhap news agency, which cited unnamed government and military sources without specifying the date. The test also involved a version of the L-SAM designed to shoot down aircraft.

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South Korea’s Defense Ministry, Defense Acquisition Program Administration and Defense Development Agency, which rarely disclose weapons tests, declined to confirm the report.

North Korea has tested a record number of missiles this year, including an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday. South Korea, the United States and Japan are all looking to improve missile defense systems.

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The L-SAM is a “leading indigenous weapons system” under development to defend against missiles and other aerial threats, according to the ADD.

The missile was first tested successfully – which did not involve hitting a target – in February.

It is designed to be part of a “layered defense network” that already includes US-made Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles and locally produced Cheongung II KM-SAM medium-range weapons capable of intercepting targets at different altitudes and ranges.

Plans call for L-SAM to target missiles at altitudes of 50 to 60 kilometers and is expected to become operational in 2026.

South Korea is also home to US military THAAD anti-missile batteries, and as a candidate, President Yoon Suk-yeol has called for more of these batteries. However, since then, he has focused on South Korean systems to build up defenses.

Source: CNN Brasil

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