Military Capabilities

South Korea aims to procure additional PAC-3 MSE interceptors

20 February 2018

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 7 February that the government will seek additional Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors from the United States, with a contract scheduled for later this year.

Approved by DAPA’s executive committee, the move to procure the additional missiles was prompted by North Korea’s missile threat and will be undertaken under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme.

While the number of interceptors to be acquired is undisclosed, the new systems are understood to be scheduled for delivery after 2020.

In April 2014 DAPA had approved a USD1.3 billion plan to upgrade PAC-2 interceptors and procure PAC-3 missiles by 2020, with a FMS request placed in November 2014 for 136 PAC-3 missiles and associated equipment for USD1.4 billion.

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