South Korea today successfully conducted a test to intercept ballistic missiles with long-range air-to-surface missiles (L-SAMs), according to the Yonhap news agency, citing military sources.
The test supposes in principle a success for the development of one of the so-called “three axes” that make up the South Korean defense against possible attacks from the North, and comes at a time marked by the insistent missile tests by Pyongyang, which has carried out a number of launch record in recent weeks and also fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last Friday.
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The test was conducted today by launching L-SAM missiles, which aim to shoot down ballistic projectiles at an altitude of around 50 kilometers and be part of one of those “three axes”, the Korea Air and Missile Defense System (KAMD). ), designed to intercept attacks.
The other two legs are the “Kill chain”, which is the platform for detecting possible enemy attacks and activating pre-emptive strikes with surface-to-surface and ship-to-surface missiles, and the Korean Mass Punishment and Response (KMPR) system, designed to launch attacks that decapitate the North Korean regime in response to an attack.
The South Korean Agency for Defense Development (ADD) plans to complete the development of this system that uses L-SAM in 2024 and have it operational by 2027 at the earliest.
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In turn, the ADD also announced another project, led by the South Korean company LIG Nex1 and currently budgeted at about 24,400 million won (about 18 million dollars) to have a system operational to interfere with the remote control signal of drones. enemies in 2026.
These latest advances occur at a time marked by repeated North Korean weapons tests and the great combined maneuvers of Seoul and Washington, to which must be added the possibility that, as indicated by satellites, the regime of Kim Jong- a is now ready to conduct its first nuclear test since 2017.
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