South Korea will invest KRW88 billion (USD74 million) to develop a laser-based anti-aircraft weapon system, according to a 17 September statement by the country's Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA).
The system, referred to as Block-I, is expected to be capable of detecting and tracking small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and neutralising them at close range by using its laser, said the DAPA in a statement.
Each 'shot' of the Block-I, which is expected to be ready for operational deployment by 2023, will cost around KRW2,000, it added.
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