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THAAD interceptor missiles to be based on Guam following North Korean threats

8 Apr 2013, 10:07 UTC
THAAD interceptor missiles to be based on Guam following North Korean threats
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While the actual war fighting intent of North Korea remains an enigma, its various “sabre-rattling” threats to conduct a nuclear first strike on neighbouring countries and US bases in the region is being taken seriously, especially in the light of Japanese media reports that satellites have observed long range or medium range ballistic missiles being transported to the coastline of North Korea.
As such, while Japanese and US Aegis/Standard Missile SM-3 equipped naval destroyers and cruisers have already been deployed in the Sea of Japan, the US Department of Defense has also announced that it is to also deploy land-based THAAD missile intercepters to protect its bomber aircraft base in Guam. Although North Korea is officiallly doubted to have yet managed to acquire the capability to hit mainland USA with nuclear weapons, it is believed to have the ballistic missile capability, via its Taepodong-2 missiles or newer KN-08 missiles, to hit the island of Guam and mainland Japan.
THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missiles are truck mounted and are specifically designed to defend against medium range ballistic missiles. The US DOD has anounced that these missiles are deployed as a “precautionary move to strengthen our regional defense posture against ...

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