South Korea Updates on Developing Missile and Radar Systems

On November 25, a South Korean defense industry official provided updates on four weapons systems that are slated for operational deployment in the next five years. The ship-based Haegung or Sea Bow antiair missile and its multiple target illuminating radar systems reportedly achieved 90% accuracy during evaluation and is ready for deployment aboard ROK Navy frigates and landing ships. A medium-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (MUAV) equipped with a 100 km range radar will enter service in the ROK Air Force in September 2019. The Korean Tactical Surface to Surface Missile (KTSSM) designed to strike hardened targets, especially those underground, will enter service in 2020. Lastly, the long-range surface-to-air missile (L-SAM) is set to be operational by 2024. It will serve as one of several layered components of the Korean Air and Missile Defense system (KAMD).