U.S. THAAD to be improved and integrated with Patriot defence system in South Korea

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The U.S. plans to allocate a large budget to the improvement of the performances of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system and augment its interoperability with the Patriot (PAC-3) air defence missile system on the Korean Peninsula.


THAAD is positioned in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province. Therefore, South Korea is concerned by the U.S. decision to allocate US$1 billion to improve the performance of THAAD systems in seven locations -- including the continental US, Guam, and Seongju -- and to purchasing Raytheon Patriot PAC-3 defence systems, Yoo Kang-moon reports. It also announced plans to mobilize THAAD launchers through remote operation and integrate the THAAD and Patriot systems.

The current THAAD battery in Seongju is designed to work as a single unit, with the radar and six launchers linked by cables. MDA Director Jon Hill said that “phase one” would be to “to extend [the operational radius of] or remote the launchers of THAAD.” “If you can separate the launchers away from the battery, that gives you a lot of flexibility on the peninsula,” he said.

The integrated operation of THAAD and Patriot missiles would signify a substantial reinforcement of the US missile defence system. Some are speculating that the THAAD radar in Seongju could be linked with the integrated US missile defence system encompassing the rest of the world, including China (Taiwan).

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U.S. THAAD to be improved and integrated with Patriot defence system in South Korea

2020/02/1582184929.jpg
Read: 679     12:33     20 February 2020    

The U.S. plans to allocate a large budget to the improvement of the performances of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system and augment its interoperability with the Patriot (PAC-3) air defence missile system on the Korean Peninsula.


THAAD is positioned in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province. Therefore, South Korea is concerned by the U.S. decision to allocate US$1 billion to improve the performance of THAAD systems in seven locations -- including the continental US, Guam, and Seongju -- and to purchasing Raytheon Patriot PAC-3 defence systems, Yoo Kang-moon reports. It also announced plans to mobilize THAAD launchers through remote operation and integrate the THAAD and Patriot systems.

The current THAAD battery in Seongju is designed to work as a single unit, with the radar and six launchers linked by cables. MDA Director Jon Hill said that “phase one” would be to “to extend [the operational radius of] or remote the launchers of THAAD.” “If you can separate the launchers away from the battery, that gives you a lot of flexibility on the peninsula,” he said.

The integrated operation of THAAD and Patriot missiles would signify a substantial reinforcement of the US missile defence system. Some are speculating that the THAAD radar in Seongju could be linked with the integrated US missile defence system encompassing the rest of the world, including China (Taiwan).

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