U.S. Army forces at Osan Air Base in South Korea recently received the improved Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missile defense system, the Washington Times reported today (see GSN, Sept. 19).
Army Capt. Ryan Foxworth, commander of a Patriot battery at the air base, said the new missile defense system had arrived in the last two months. Osan sits only 50 miles from North Korea and missile defense personnel there had been operating with an older Patriot missile interceptor system.
“Anything that flies the profile of a (tactical ballistic missile), we can track it,” Foxworth said. “And if we can track it, we can knock it down,” he added. Foxworth said that the Patriot system is effective against the North Korean Scud or medium-range Nodong missiles (Bill Gertz, Washington Times, Nov. 20).