Seoul stocks up on mis­siles

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - WORLD -

Seoul – South Korea plans to buy dozens of USbuilt ship-to-air mis­siles worth about $300 mil­lion (R4.2 bil­lion), to boost air de­fences against North Korea, even as it moves to re­duce ten­sion with Py­ongyang, Seoul’s arms buy­ing agency said.

Since 2013, South Korea has bought Stan­dard Mis­sile-2s in in­stal­ments to equip three Aegis de­stroy­ers pre­par­ing to be de­ployed in the mid2020s. The lat­est mis­sile pur­chase de­ci­sion paves the way for de­liv­ery of the fi­nal batch, an of­fi­cial of the De­fence Ac­qui­si­tion Pro­gram said.

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