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THAAD Would Protect South Korea from North Korea, but Not from China

Created on June 12, 2015

THAAD Would Protect South Korea from North Korea, but Not from China

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Read the original report, "South Korea Needs THAAD Missile Defense," by Bruce Klingner.

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THAAD could provide some protection against Chinese short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) launched from Tonghua toward South Korea. However, THAAD could not intercept medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBMs) with a range of 1,800 kilometers and fired as “flank shots,” meaning not traveling directly toward the X-Band Radar.

Source: Heritage Foundation research.

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Tags: South-Korea, North-Korea, China, missile-defense, THAAD