South Korea to develop local naval interception system

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This image released Friday by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration shows the concept of the local close-quarters weapon system. (Administration of the defense procurement program)

South Korea will launch a project next month to develop a naval interception system designed to protect warships from hostile planes and missiles, the national arms buying agency said on Friday.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said the project aimed to develop the Close In Weapon System-II (CIWS-II) – an on-board gun capable of countering incoming attacks in the final phase of the multi-layered interception program of the Navy – by 2027.

The Navy currently uses end-stage interception systems imported from the United States and the Netherlands.

The CIWS-II project will use nationally developed technologies to counter various types of threats, such as those from hostile anti-sea missiles and high-speed ship infiltration, DAPA said.

Once developed, the system will be mounted on major warships, including destroyers currently in development as part of the Korean Destroyer Next Generation project. (Yonhap)


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