S. Korea to purchase SM-6 interceptors amid N. Korea threat

TEHRAN, Apr. 26 (MNA) – South Korea on Tuesday approved a project worth 760 billion won (US$606 million) to purchase shipborne missile interceptors amid North Korea's evolving missile threats.

The Defense Project Promotion Committee endorsed the plan to procure the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) interceptors through a government-to-government foreign military sale program by 2031, Defense Acquisition Program Administration said, according to the Yonhap news agency.

The approval followed a series of North Korean missile tests earlier this year, including its launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on March 24.

Under the project, SM-6 interceptors are to be installed on the Navy's Aegis-equipped KDX-III destroyers to be deployed in the coming years. Manufactured by the US defense firm Raytheon Technologies Corp., the SM-6 is known to have a range of up to 460 kilometers.

The committee also approved a revision to a project to acquire a new homegrown tactical surface-to-surface missile in a move to enhance its survivability.

South Korea started the mass production of the first type of ground-based Korean Tactical Surface to Surface Missile (KTSSM) in 2020. Under the revision, it plans to complete the development of the KTSSM-II to be run on a transporter elector and launcher by 2034 with a budget of 1.5 trillion won.

The country also approved a 960 billion-won plan to upgrade the UH and HH-60 choppers to improve their operational capacities by 2030.

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