Military Capabilities

South Korea completes land provision process for THAAD deployment

21 April 2017

South Korea has completed the process required to provide land to the United States Forces Korea (USFK) for the deployment of a battery of the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

The move, which was approved on 20 April, will allow the US military to begin stationing the advanced air-defence system this year on 300,000 m2 of land in the county of Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul said in a 21 April statement.

The MND acquired land from South Korea's Lotte Group in late February. The company agreed at the time to hand over its KRW89 billion (USD79 million) golf course in Seongju in exchange for a state-owned military site near Seoul.

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