Part of THAAD elements deployed in SKorea

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Part of THAAD elements deployed in SKorea
(Intl)
Seoul, 4/26
Part of the elements of the US Terminal High
Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile system
has been deployed in South Korea, its Defence
Ministry said on Wednesday.
Without elaborating, the Ministry said in a
statement that part of the THAAD battery was
installed in the southeastern part of the
country in a bid to secure an initial
operational capability without any separate
construction of facilities, Xinhua news
agency reported.
Seoul and Washington agreed in July 2016 to
deploy one THAAD battery by the end of 2017.
The site was changed in September 2016 into a
golf course, which Lotte Group had owned in
South Gyeongsang province.
On March 6, two mobile launchers and part of
the elements were delivered by a US transport
airplane to a US military base in South
Korea.
Since then, other THAAD elements had been
secretly transported to the US bases in South
Korea`s port city of Busan, Osan city near
here and Camp Carroll near Seongju, according
to the media.
A THAAD battery is composed of six mobile
launchers, 48 interceptors, an AN/TPY-2 radar
and the fire and control unit.
Eight trucks and equipments, including the
X-band radar, two mobile launchers and an
electric generator, entered the golf course
at about 4.45 a.m., violently dispersing
local residents and peace activists who
blocked the entrance road to the site, the
residents and activists said in a statement.
The remaining US trucks carrying other
equipments entered the golf course some two
hours later. A total of 20 US trucks or so
carried the THAAD elements, one of the peace
activists protesting there told Xinhua.
One resident was hauled up and over 10 others
were wounded in by the police. Thousands of
South Korean policemen were mobilised to
disperse the protesters.
The Seoul Defence Ministry said South Korea
and the US made efforts to rapidly secure an
operational capability of the THAAD system to
respond to what it called the nuclear and
missile threats from North Korea.
It said the South Korean military plans to
secure a full operational capability of the
THAAD by the end of 2017, while normally
proceeding with the remaining deployment
procedures such as the environmental
assessment and the construction of the THAAD
site.

Part of THAAD elements deployed in SKorea

Seoul, 4/26

Part of the elements of the US Terminal High

Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile system

has been deployed in South Korea, its Defence

Ministry said on Wednesday.

Without elaborating, the Ministry said in a

statement that part of the THAAD battery was

installed in the southeastern part of the

country in a bid to secure an initial

operational capability without any separate

construction of facilities, Xinhua news

agency reported.

Seoul and Washington agreed in July 2016 to

deploy one THAAD battery by the end of 2017.

The site was changed in September 2016 into a

golf course, which Lotte Group had owned in

South Gyeongsang province.

On March 6, two mobile launchers and part of

the elements were delivered by a US transport

airplane to a US military base in South

Korea.

Since then, other THAAD elements had been

secretly transported to the US bases in South

Korea`s port city of Busan, Osan city near

here and Camp Carroll near Seongju, according

to the media.

A THAAD battery is composed of six mobile

launchers, 48 interceptors, an AN/TPY-2 radar

and the fire and control unit.

Eight trucks and equipments, including the

X-band radar, two mobile launchers and an

electric generator, entered the golf course

at about 4.45 a.m., violently dispersing

local residents and peace activists who

blocked the entrance road to the site, the

residents and activists said in a statement.

The remaining US trucks carrying other

equipments entered the golf course some two

hours later. A total of 20 US trucks or so

carried the THAAD elements, one of the peace

activists protesting there told Xinhua.

One resident was hauled up and over 10 others

were wounded in by the police. Thousands of

South Korean policemen were mobilised to

disperse the protesters.

The Seoul Defence Ministry said South Korea

and the US made efforts to rapidly secure an

operational capability of the THAAD system to

respond to what it called the nuclear and

missile threats from North Korea.

It said the South Korean military plans to

secure a full operational capability of the

THAAD by the end of 2017, while normally

proceeding with the remaining deployment

procedures such as the environmental

assessment and the construction of the THAAD

site.

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