Anti Missile System of US Defense Started Working in South Korea
The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is now operational in South Korea.
The system can intercept North Korean missiles although full operational capability is still some months away.
Tensions have been rising around the Korean peninsula, with repeated threats from North Korea and the presence of a group of US warships and a submarine.
The US announced last week it would activate Thaad, which was not expected to be in use until late 2017, within days.
Thaad, which stands for Terminal High Altitude Area Defence, has been installed at a former golf course in the central county of Seongju, amid angry protests.
What is the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (Thaad)?
Shoots down short and medium-range ballistic missiles in the terminal phase of their flight
Uses hit-to-kill technology – where kinetic energy destroys the incoming warhead
Has a range of 200km and can reach an altitude of 150km
US has previously deployed it in Guam and Hawaii as a measure against potential attacks from North Korea
How THAAD Works?
2. The Thaad radar system detects the launch, which is relayed to command and control
3. Thaad command and control instructs the launch of an interceptor missile
4. The interceptor missile is fired at the enemy projectile
5. The enemy projectile is destroyed in the terminal phase of flight
The launcher trucks can hold up to eight interceptor missiles.
Source: BBC (read full story here)
Be Noted that India achieved a significant milestone in the direction of developing a two-layered Ballistic Missile Defence system on Saturday by successfully test firing an interceptor missile designed to intercept and destroy hostile ballistic missiles in space. This further enhances India’s capability of dealing with a nuclear attack threat.
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