LIG Nex1's low-altitude missile defence system, a model of which is shown above, has a range of 7 km. (Janes/Dae Young Kim)
South Korea's LIG Nex1 has disclosed plans to supply its low-altitude missile defence (LAMD) system to the Republic of Korea (RoK) Armed Forces by the end of the decade.
The company started development of the system earlier this year, and told Janes at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition in Goyang that the LAMD will undergo seven more years of work before it is ready for deployment.
“We have planned two years of engineering development, one year to prepare for full-scale development, and four more years of full-scale development,” said an LIG Nex1 official.
The company is developing the system in collaboration with the Agency for Defense Development (ADD).
The LAMD, which is based on the Haegung Korean Surface-to-Air Anti-Missile (K-SAAM) system developed for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), underwent its first test in April. This featured a test-firing from the ADD's launch facility in Anheung.
Janes has earlier reported that the LAMD missile is fitted with an active radar seeker for terminal guidance. The missile is 165 mm in diameter and can intercept targets up to 7 km away and 5 km in altitude.
The launcher demonstrated at DX Korea 2022 had 16 containers in a 4×4 arrangement. It is expected that the launcher would also be mounted on a semitrailer.