Korea to fully reinforce defense system in 5 years

April 14, 2017

The Korea Herald:

South Korea will lease several military spy satellites from a foreign country next year and speed up the improvement of its combat power against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, the Ministry of National Defense announced Friday.

It plans to pour 238.2 trillion won ($210 billion) into a number of projects aimed at boosting the country’s military firepower between 2018 and 2022 under the revised mid-term national defense blueprint.

The South, which has around 625,000 troops, is in the process of establishing a “three-axis system” to outgun the North’s 1.1-million-strong military.

The three parts are the Kill Chain pre-emptive strike system, the Korean Air and Missile Defense and the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation strategy.

“(We) plan to improve surveillance and striking capability on the whole region of North Korea, expand the defense ability for core facilities and develop the capability for independent, massive retaliation,” the ministry said.

The South’s military plans to set up the three-tier system by the early 2020s, earlier than the initially planned mid-2020s, according to the strategy reported to the National Assembly…

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