US Missile Defence Systems – THAAD, Aegis, Patriot Incapable Of Saving Japan From North Korea – US Report – EurAsian Times
A trio of new North Korean missiles can evade air defence systems including Patriot, Aegis and THAAD according to a report published by US Congressional Research Service (CRS).
The CRS has called attention to missiles recently developed North Korea which it says are designed to evade air defence networks and pose an imminent threat to Japan.
The report on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile systems released by the CRS suggests that Pyongyang’s recent missile testing “may seek to achieve more than a simple political statement and that it may be intended to increase the reliability, effectiveness, and survivability of their ballistic missile force.
‘’The recent advances in North Korea’s ballistic missile test program appear to be directed at developing capabilities to defeat or degrade the effectiveness of missile defences deployed in the region: Patriot, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD),” the report states.
The report goes on to add that North Korea’s progress with submarine-launched ballistic missiles suggests an effort to counter land-based THAAD missile defences by launching attacks from positions at sea outside the THAAD’s radar field of view.