South Korea’s army has performed a profitable missile interception check of its L-SAM (Lengthy-range Floor-to-air Missile) system beneath improvement, a key aspect of the nation’s envisioned layered missile protection defend, known as the Korea Air and Missile Protection (KAMD) designed to counter advancing threats from North Korea. The transfer got here because the North Korean regime is ratcheting up its nuclear and missile threats highlighted by its firing of a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile into the East Sea final Friday. South Korea’s Yonhap information company reported that the L-SAM interceptor can fly on an meant trajectory and fall precisely on a preset spot.

L-SAM is a South Korean missile protection system beneath improvement. It goals to shoot down ballistic missiles from North Korea of their terminal section. It would use a trailer-mounted S band AESA radar. It will likely be an upper-tier interceptor for a layered protection, as a part of the Korean Air and Missile Protection (KAMD) challenge, slated to be prepared within the early 2020s, with the decrease tier composed of Patriot PAC-3 and KM-SAM batteries. Efficiency ranges had been to be twice as superior to the Patriot and KM-SAM missiles, and it’s designed based mostly on a sizzling launch sort VLS (Vertical Launching System) that’s completely different from KM-SAM, which was developed based mostly on a chilly launch sort VLS in Russia.

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L-SAM (Lengthy-range Floor-to-air Missile)

The L-SAM system is anticipated to make use of two varieties of interceptors: one for plane and the opposite for ballistic missiles. The missile interceptor shall be able to intercepting missiles at altitudes between 40-100 km. An L-SAM battery will include a multifunction radar, a command-and-control (C2) middle, a fight management station, and 4 truck-mounted launchers, two for every missile sort. The Lengthy-range Floor-to-air Missile is geared toward capturing down ballistic missiles on the altitude of 50-60 kilometers, just like the Terminal Excessive Altitude Space Protection (THAAD) of the US.

The South Korean army has been looking for to deploy the L-SAM by 2026 as a part of the nation’s multilayered, low-tier missile protection program. The launch got here amid hypothesis the army may advance the timing for the L-SAM deployment, after the North Korean missile launches in January raised questions over South Korea’s interception capabilities. If deployed, the L-SAM interceptor would kind a key a part of South Korea’s anti-missile program, which incorporates the Patriot Superior Functionality-3 missile and a medium-range surface-to-air missile. The U.S. Forces Korea additionally runs a THAAD anti-missile battery in South Korea.