October 19, 2016 12:46
The government and ruling Saenuri Party agreed on Tuesday to speed up the planned deployment of advanced weapons to respond to North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threats.
The previous target was the mid-2020s, but the plans are to be brought forward by three or four years. They cover the development of various homegrown arms. Next year's budget will include the purchase of two more early-warning radar systems.
They will be stationed in the southern part of the nation to detect North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missiles attacking from southern waters.
Spy satellites could be rented from other countries until South Korea's indigenously produced surveillance satellite is deployed in orbit between 2021 and 2022.
The government will also buy an additional 90 Taurus long-range air-to-ground missiles and add the acquisition of naval helicopters to next year's budget.
The government and Saenuri Party also agreed to speed up the development of a 230 mm multiple launch rocket system to deal with North Korea's new 300 mm artillery, and to bolster cyber security.
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