[WORLD] Korea is looking to Purchase more US Missiles
D-Bo, Oct. 28, 2013, 10:20 a.m.
The US Defense Department reported on Saturday that Seoul wants to buy an improved version of the Patriotic anti tactical missiles. Currently, Korea has about 300 older style Patriot missiles to help intercept any North Korean aircraft and ballistic missiles. South Korea is seeking to purchase the new PAC-2 (GEM-T) missiles, as they will allow the Military to intercept enemy missiles at an altitude of 10-15 km.
The U.S. Defense Department told Congress of a possible sale to South Korea of 112 "Patriot anti-tactical missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $404 million," the U.S. agency in charge of overseas sales of munitions said in a press release.
Once Congress approves the sale, the 112 missiles will be upgraded by defense contractor Raytheon to the GEM-T model by attaching a digital detonator. The South Korean Army is also eyeing the latest model, the PAC-3 (ERINT), for acquisition in 2015. It can conduct "hit-to-kill" interception by directly hitting a target instead of exploding near the target and destroying it with shrapnel.