S. Korea succeeds in L-SAM missile interception test for 3rd time

June 1, 2023

Yonhap News Agency:

South Korea succeeded in a test of a key homegrown missile interceptor under development earlier this week, the third such success out of four tests so far, as it is cranking up efforts to deter evolving North Korean threats.

On Tuesday, the state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD) revealed to the press corps the whole process of the interception test on the Long-range Surface-to-Air Missile (L-SAM) at its Anheung testing site in Taean, 109 kilometers southwest of Seoul, for the first time.

The L-SAM is a three-stage structure, including the final-stage “Kill Vehicle.” Designed to shoot down an incoming ballistic missile at altitudes of 50-60 kilometers, it is a key element of the country’s low-tier multilayered anti-missile shield, called the Korea Air and Missile Defense (KAMD).

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