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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

South Korea to Buy Used Patriot Missiles

South Korea is looking to boost its missile defenses with the purchase of Patriot interceptors from Germany and related equipment from the United States, Agence France-Presse reported Saturday (see GSN, June 27).

Seoul is seeking cost estimates for the U.S. ground-control equipment and an undisclosed number of second-hand German Patriot missiles. The system could be deployed in 2008, replacing South Korea’s Nike ground-to-air missiles, AFP reported.

“It would be the first Patriot missile system of our own,” said an official with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration.

“I understand the new Patriot missile system would consist of a battalion-size unit,” said one South Korean lawmaker.

A Patriot battalion consists of three batteries, each carrying eight missile launchers and a command center (Agence France-Presse/Yahoo!News, Sept. 30).
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