South Korea Tests New Missile Interceptor

On June 18, South Korea reportedly completed a successful test of its new medium range surface-to-air missile (M-SAM) the Cheolmae-2. The hit-to-kill M-SAM intercepted all five dummy ballistic missile targets in the test. With development complete, the missile has been rated fit for combat. South Korea will begin mass production of the missile later this year, accelerating the timeline for deployment from the mid-2020s to earlier in the decade. The M-SAM is the planned lower-tier interceptor for the indigenous Korea Air and Missile Defense (KAMD) system, which is also slated to include a higher altitude long-range surface-to-air missile (L-SAM).

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