S. Korea to bolster air force anti-missile unit amid growing North Korean threats
Seoul, February 17 (SocialNews.XYZ) South Korea’s military will bolster the air force’s missile defense unit by deploying additional equipment, including advanced radars, and expanding its missions, the defense ministry said Thursday, in response to the evolution of North Korean threats highlighted by its various types of missile tests lately.
The ministry issued a public notice on its push for legislation to restructure the current Air Defense Missile Command as part of efforts to boost the army’s anti-missile capabilities, the agency reported. press Yonhap.
As part of the reorganization scheduled for April, the command will be equipped with additional early warning radars for ballistic missiles and medium-range surface-to-air missiles (M-SAM).
The M-SAM system, called “Cheongung II”, is a core element of South Korea’s multi-layered anti-missile program. Cheongung means rainbow in Korean.
The military also plans to change the command’s official name to emphasize its anti-missile missions. He has yet to announce a new English name.
“(The command) will monitor strategic and operational threats in the air, counter complex, wide-area layered missiles and conduct regional air defense missions,” the ministry said.
Observers note that the country is preparing to deploy a long-range surface-to-air missile (L-SAM). The command will also be tasked with helping the military better respond to threats emanating from space.
The army, meanwhile, plans to launch the Army Strategic Missile Command in April, renaming the Army Missile Command and expanding its headquarters and subordinate units.
North Korea staged seven rounds of missile launches last month, including those of a hypersonic missile and an intermediate-range ballistic missile, raising alarm bells over the South’s willingness to counter threats.