South Korean authorities have decided to install its destroyers with air defense system «Aegis» (Aegis) missile last generation.
This is with reference to an unnamed government agency reports Yonhap.
Adopting anti-aircraft missiles Standart Missile 6 (SM-6) produced by the American company Raytheon will begin in 2016. The decision to purchase new missiles was taken after standing armed South Korean Navy SM-2 found ineffective to defeat ballistic missiles North Korea.
Rearmament destroyers is one of the parts of the plan to build the Seoul-independent defense system (KAMD). Brand new system, whose main task is to protect against missile and nuclear threats from North Korea, should be developed by the end of 2013.
The structure of the South Korean air defense system will radars of early missile warning, also SAMs onshore and offshore. For the terrestrial component of Seoul in 2014 will buy from U.S. modernized missile defense system for Patriot PAC-3.
In December 2012 it became clear that the U.S. will upgrade destroyers with air defense system «Aegis», which are on the arms of the rising sun.
Development of anti-aircraft missiles Standart Missile 6 began in 2005, and the first tests took place in 2008. Missiles with ranges up to 400 km acts possess active homing system and are capable of hitting targets at altitudes up to 33 km. First SM-6 were delivered to the U.S. Army in 2011.