The pros and cons of South Korea’s new, high-tech missile defense plans
Seoul rolled out an ambitious, five-year defense plan against the North with a domestic version of Israel's Iron Dome
South Korea’s new Intermediate-Term National Defense Plan (ITNDP) includes a call to realize a new missile defense system, modeled roughly on Israel’s well-known Iron Dome system.
Unlike existing systems in South Korea — which specialize in interception short-range and medium-range-class ballistic missile targets — this new system, like the Iron Dome, would be optimized for small-diameter guided rockets and missiles.
With regard to North Korea, this would primarily include systems like the 300-millimeter (11.8-inch) KN09 (KN-SS-9) multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) and the 240-millimeter (9.4 inch) KN16 MLRS. Both systems have been widely used in recent
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