Seoul decided to develop its own air defense system similar to the Iron Dome
SEOUL, (BM) – An ambitious plan to develop its own air defense system has been launched in South Korea and is expected to be implemented within the next five years, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The Minister of Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo announced today that his country aims to create a complex that will have two main goals – protection of the territorial integrity and infrastructure of the country and independence in the field of air defense.
A report by BulgarianMilitary.com shows that Seoul currently has the American M270 missile system with multiple launches, the Korean K239 Chunmoo and also the Korean but obsolete K136 Kooryong.
In the field of more serious air defense, Seoul uses Cheongung or M-SAM. It is also its own medium-range missile system and developed on the basis of the Russian S-350 and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.
According to the Minister of Defense, Seoul wants the future missile system to be similar to the Israeli Iron Dome. We remind you that the Israeli Iron Dome is one of the best in the world, and only a few days ago, the United States and Israel agreed to jointly develop a more optimal and efficient Israeli system.
According to Jeong Kyeong-doo, his country will invest approximately $ 253 billion in various areas of defense over the next five years, including the development of a new air defense system.
We remind you that South Korea is currently developing its version of a fifth-generation fighter, and work on this aircraft has advanced. Just a few days ago, Seoul unveiled a version of the future radar that will be used by KF-X – the name of the fighter, and the program for its implementation is worth $ 8.8 billion.
“When we talk about South Korea’s missile defense system, it usually refers to one targeting North Korea’s Scud-type or stronger missiles, whereas this new interceptor system will focus on protecting the capital area against the North’s long-range artillery such as its 240- mm or 300-mm multiple rocket launchers,” a ministry official said.
According to a number of military experts, as well as sources from the South Korean Ministry of Defense, the new air defense systems are likely to be put into service at the end of this decade, or early next.
Jeong Kyeong-doo also said that South Korea will not limit itself to the production of its own air defense system, but will continue in this direction and funds will be invested in the development of various types of missiles – air-to-ground and air-to-ship.
“The ministry will continue to cooperate with the monetary authorities to successfully push for the 2021-2025 defense plan,” it said in a release.
Currently, there is only one THAAD air defense system located in South Korea, which was deployed in May 2017. The presence of THAAD on the territory of South Korea was at the root of the conflict with China, which sharply expressed their disagreement, fearing that in the event of military action, this system could affect Chinese territories.
However, the two sides managed to normalize relations at the end of the same year.
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