South Korea to Purchase More Patriot Interceptors in 2015

South Korea in 2015 is expected to upgrade its Patriot Advanced Capability 2 units and also purchase a later-generation version of the antimissile system.

The planned enhancement of Seoul's arsenal of 48 PAC-2 systems and the acquisition of more-capable PAC-3 units is aimed at improving domestic missile defense capability against North Korea, the Korea Herald reported. Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin has authorized an acquisition schedule that forecasts contract signing in December.

Defense Acquisition Program Administration spokesman Baek Yoon-hyung on Wednesday said, "Once the Patriot missile system is upgraded, it will be able to directly hit incoming missiles to reduce damage on the ground."

The PAC 2 and 3 systems would be incorporated into the evolving Korea Air and Missile Defense framework, which focuses on countering potential cruise and lower-flying nonstrategic ballistic missiles launched by North Korea.

March 13, 2014
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South Korea in 2015 is expected to upgrade its Patriot Advanced Capability 2 units and also purchase a later-generation version of the antimissile system.

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