South Korea to test-fire L-SAM missile interceptor next week
SEOUL, 18th February, 2022 – South Korea plans to test-fire a long-range surface-to-air missile (L-SAM) under development next week, military sources said Friday amid growing concerns over North Korea’s evolving missile threats.
The state-run Agency for Defence Development is set to conduct the launch at a testing site in Taean, 150 kilometres southwest of Seoul, on Wednesday, the sources said, in an indication the L-SAM development process is in its last stage, according to Yonhap News Agency.
The South Korean military has been seeking to deploy the interceptor by 2026 as part of the country’s multilayered, low-tier missile defense programme.
The L-SAM is designed to shoot down incoming missiles at altitudes of around 50-60 kilometres.
The launch plan came amid speculation the military could advance the timing for the L-SAM deployment, as a series of North Korean missile launches last month, including a hypersonic missile test, raised questions over the South’s interception capabilities.
If deployed, the L-SAM interceptor would form a key part of South Korea’s anti-missile programme, which includes the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile and a medium-range surface-to-air missile.
Forces Korea also runs a THAAD anti-missile battery in South Korea.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn