South Korea to buy US missiles worth $300 million for Aegis destroyers


South Korea plans to buy dozens of US-built ship-to-air missiles, in an order worth about $300 million, to boost air defences against North Korea, even as it moves to reduce tension with Pyongyang, Seoul’s arms buying agency said on December 7.

Since 2013, South Korea has bought Standard Missile-2s, developed by Raytheon Co, in instalments to equip three Aegis destroyers preparing to be deployed in the mid-2020s.

It aimed to ramp up the capability to detect and track missiles from the North, as its neighbour developed nuclear programmes ultimately targeting the United States in defiance of international sanctions. Read More

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