In response to the continued belligerence from North Korea, the United States will deploy its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea. The system call handle missiles at 120 miles range and 90 miles in altitude. This will offset the North Korean missiles adequately. China, on the other hand, is very nervous about this being in their back yard. Why? Read on.
As Written By Alex Diaz for Fox News:
As the White House works to “maximize pressure” on North Korea, one of the ways it is hoping to turn up the heat is by deploying a high-powered anti-missile defense system to the region.
During his trip to South Korea Monday, Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that the U.S. will continue with its plans to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea, despite persisting objections from China.
The U.S. announced the first stage of the deployment in early March, with officials estimating it could take several months before the system is fully operational.
According to the Lockheed Martin website, THAAD is “one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world,” and is capable of defending against short and medium-range ballistic missiles. The system is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles at distances of more than 120 miles, and at altitudes of nearly 90 miles.
According to the U.S. Military’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA), THAAD also boasts a flawless record since the test program’s inception in 2006, with the only “failed” tests having occurred when the target missile failed to launch. Critics suggest this record ignores the six failed launches of THAAD prototypes years earlier, before the systems were ordered into production.
According to MDA, THAAD uses what is known as “hit-to-kill technology,” utilizing kinetic energy to destroy any incoming missiles mid-flight. The “high-altitude” aspect of the system ensures that the effects of weapons of mass destruction…..
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