The L-SAM, or Long-range Surface-to-Air Missile, is aimed at shooting down ballistic missiles at the altitude of 50-60 kilometers, similar to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) of the United States.
The state-run Agency for Defence Development (ADD) plans to complete the development of the system by 2024 for mass production starting in 2026 and deployment as early as in 2027.
The agency’s recent L-SAM test of hitting target missiles was successful following the successful flight testing in early February, the officials said.
he move came as the Kim Jong-un regime is ratcheting up its nuclear and missile threats highlighted by its firing of a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile into the East Sea last Friday.
Separately, South Korea’s state arms agency announced a plan for the development of its own anti-drone jamming system.
The Defense Acquisition Program Administration said LIG Nex1 Co., a local defense firm, will lead the 24.4 billion-won (US$17.9 million) Block-I project to be carried out from this month till January 2026.
Source: Yonhap News Agency.