South Korea’s new missile interception weapon amid nuclear tension with North

A South Korean defense firm has revealed a Multi Function Radar prototype that is key in a long-range missile interception system currently in development, designed to combat the growing threats from North Korea.

Hanwha Systems made the reveal to South Korean press on Wednesday, April 6 at the company's research centre in Yongin, a Seoul satellite city in the Gyeonggi province, reports Yonhap News Agency.

The radar plays a vital role in the Agency for Defense Development's long-range surface-to-air missile (L-SAM) interception system South Korea hopes to put into action by 2026.

Yonhap News Agency also reports the L-SAM interceptor will be able to shoot down incoming missiles as they soar through the stratosphere, at altitudes of about 50-60 kilometres.

The Multi Function Radar (MFR) is considered to be the "eyes" of the interception system.

It boasts the ability to rotate 150 degrees, to respond to "hundreds" of aircraft, and to multiple ballistic missiles at the same time. It can also detect, track and identify friends and foes.

The interception system will form a key part of South Korea's anti-missile programme, which includes the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile and the Cheongung II, a medium-range surface-to-air missile.

The reveal is a clear sign South Korea is advancing its defense technology as the nation steps up efforts to combat North Korea's growing missile threats.

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Daily Star reported that on March 24, North Korea launched what was believed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) toward the East Sea, which was labelled a “breach of the suspension of intercontinental ballistic missile launches promised by Chairman Kim Jong-un to the international community," by South Korea's President Moon Jae-in.

In a chilling response, Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North Korean despot Kim Jong-un, warned that the South should “discipline itself if it wants to stave off disaster".

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In a second threat which followed South Korean Defence Minister Suh Wook's comments that Seoul had the ability and readiness to launch precision strikes on North Korea if missiles were fired at South Korea, Kim Yo-jong said that Pyongyang would retaliate on any preemptive strikes or attacks with nuclear force, reports the Independent.

She said: “In case [South Korea] opts for military confrontation with us, our nuclear combat force will have to inevitably carry out its duty… a dreadful attack will be launched and the [South Korean] army will have to face a miserable fate little short of total destruction and ruin.”

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