The South Korean air force said Friday it had taken delivery of a first shipment of US-made Patriot missiles, designed to protect against any attack by.
They were bought second-hand from Germany and will replace the current ageing Nike air defence missiles, the air force said in a statement.
A Patriot missile launcher in Seoul. The South Korean air force said Friday it had taken delivery of a first shipment of US-made Patriot missiles, designed to protect against any attack by North Korea(AFP/File/Jung Yeon-Je)
The first shipment arrived in the country in August but has been undergoing a series of performance tests before Seoul officially took delivery.
The air force plans to spend a total of 1.05 trillion won (710 million dollars) to deploy two battalions of Patriot missiles within two years.
The air force did not say how many Patriots it had taken delivery of.previously announced plans to buy a total of 48 second-hand PAC-2 Patriots.
The announcement came amid worsening ties between the two. In protest at what it calls Seoul’s confrontational policy, North Korea has announced strict curbs on cross-border movements from December 1.
The US and its allies regard the North’s missile development as a major threat to regional security, on top of its nuclear ambitions.