South Korean Agency Eyes Long-range Surface-to-air Missile Development

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South Korean Agency Eyes Long-range Surface-to-air Missile Development
L-SAM's maximum interception range is reportedly between that of the PAC-3 missile (30-40 km) and the THAAD rocket (100 km) (Image: South China Morning Post)

The South Korean state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD) is pushing for the development of a long-range surface-to-air missile.

It's a missile system aimed at countering North Korea's nuclear and missile threats. "L-SAM can be developed sufficiently with domestic technology," the ADD president, Nam Sae-kyu, was quoted as saying by Yonhap Sunday.

The ADD has set 2024 as the deadline to wrap up development and put the missile into operation. L-SAM's maximum interception range is reportedly between that of the PAC-3 missile (30-40 km) and the THAAD rocket (100 km).

The ADD plans to deploy a tactical surface-to-surface missile capable of destroying long-range artillery pieces hidden in underground tunnels in 2020.

ADD also plans to finish the development of a medium-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle around September next year for delivery to the Air Force.

It's a drone operating 10-12 kilometers above the surface with its radars having a range of up to 100 km.

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