South Korea’s New Anti-Ballistic Missile System Downs Targets In Tests

November 23, 2022

The Drive:

South Korea has completed a successful missile interception test involving its L-SAM surface-to-air missile system, apparently for the first time. The L-SAM, developed locally by the state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD), is planned as a ‘high-end’ air defense system with significant anti-ballistic missile (ABM) capabilities. Reports of the latest test come a little less than three weeks after North Korea launched an unprecedented barrage of 23 missiles — the most ever fired in a single day.

The successful interception by the L-SAM was reported by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, citing unnamed military officials, although no details were provided of when or where the test took place or what kind of target was destroyed. However, the same report states that “target missiles” (plural) were hit, suggesting multiple tests were undertaken, or perhaps some kind of multi-target engagement scenario.

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