In an exclusive story, KBS has learned that the South Korean military is working to create a joint air defense missile command with the U.S.
A Seoul official told KBS that the South Korean government carried out a large-scale overhaul of the military’s air defense strategies last year.
The official said the first step of the reorganization was to push for the creation of a South Korea-U.S. missile command.
According to the official, the joint missile command will consist of three South Korean brigades and a U.S. air defense brigade.
The South Korean brigades will employ South Korea’s surface-to-air guided missiles, Cheolmae-2 PIP. Another South Korean missile, L-SAM long-range surface-to-air missiles, will also be managed by the brigades once the government completes its development.
It is known that the U.S. brigade will employ an additional patriot defense missile unit in addition to the units overseeing patriot missiles and THAAD advanced missile defense system.
Defense experts say the joint missile command will enable the South Korea-U.S. alliance to build multi-layer defense over the Seoul metropolitan area that can take down missiles flying in at various altitudes.