S Korea develops L-SAM long-range air defence system

Seoul, May 26 (UNI) South Korea has completed the development of its own Long-range Surface-to-Air Missile (L-SAM) system capable of shooting targets at an altitude of 50 to 60 kilometers, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing the South Korean Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA).

Production of the L-SAM is expected to begin next year, and the armed forces will receive the system in 2028, the report said on Saturday. The report added that the system should play a key role in the country’s comprehensive air and missile defense.

The South Korean armed forces currently use the homegrown Medium-range Surface-to-Air Missile system and the US Patriot Advanced Capability-3 system, which can intercept missiles at lower altitudes than the L-SAM, the news agency reported.

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