Saturday, March 11, 2017

US deploys THAAD in South Korea

The U.S. military said on Friday it plans to forge ahead with deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea. The United States started deploying the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defense system in South Korea on Tuesday in response to North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear tests.

U.S. officials said the system could be operational in several weeks, although the Pentagon has declined to say when it will be up and running. Relations with China and the United States could dominate soon. Beijing has vigorously protested against the deployment, fearing its radar could see well into its missile systems.
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) is a United States Army anti-ballistic missile system designed to shoot down short, medium, and intermediate ballistic missiles in their terminal phase using a hit-to-kill approach.
The missile carries no warhead but relies on the kinetic energy of the impact to destroy the incoming missile. A kinetic energy hit minimizes the risk of exploding conventional warhead ballistic missiles, and nuclear tipped ballistic missiles won't explode upon a kinetic energy hit, although chemical or biological warheads may disintegrate or explode.