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
- 01North Korea’s latest parade shows that Kim is deadset on boosting weapons
- 02Recap: What North Korea rolled out at its Eighth Party Congress military parade
- 03A newly-declassified document underscores Trump’s North Korea failures
- 04Party Congress: What Biden should expect from North Korea going forward
- 05Kim Jong Un’s latest military plans go far beyond nuclear weapons
- 06Full recap: North Korea reshuffles key leadership roles at Eighth Party Congress
- 07So far, North Korea’s new economic plan is full of bad signs
- 08Party Congress: Kim Jong Un’s weapons wishlist suggests testing campaign ahead