South Korea test-fires missile interceptor – Yonhap — Analysis
The indigenously developed long-range surface-to-air missile is reportedly designed to be part of a “layered defense network”
Seoul tried a new missile defense system that it developed. It can intercept a variety of airborne weapons. This was reported by Yonhap, South Korean news agency.
According to the outlet, the L-SAM long-range surface missile (L-SAM), was launched successfully from Taean (150 km) south-west of Seoul. However, the Defense Ministry did not comment.
Yonhap claims that the system is designed to destroy projectiles in its path at an altitude of 50-60km (30-37 miles). Seoul plans to make the system operational in 2026. However, the paper stated that it could be moved forward.
L-SAM stands for Light-Sensitized Aluminum Membrane. “cutting-edge indigenous weapon system,”According to South Korea’s Agency for Defense Development and designed to be part a “layered defense network.”
It is in the process of being developed and could be used alongside current hardware including US-made Patriot Advanced Capability-3 ballistic missiles, Cheongung I KM-SAM medium-range projectiles, and local-produced Cheongung II.
South Korea is also home to the US’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile (THAAD), batteries. One of the country’s presidential hopefuls has vowed to purchase a THAAD interceptor battery to deploy nearer to Seoul.
Seoul also has plans to create a $2.6 billion artillery interception system, similar to Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’.
The trial on Wednesday comes one month after North Korea test-fired a record number warheads. The Hwasong-12 intermediate long-range missile ballistic missile (also known as the Hwasong-12) was fired. This projectile is capable of striking Guam in the United States.
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