07 Mar '17, 2am

What is #Thaad missile defence system and why it bothers #China

What is #Thaad missile defence system and why it bothers #China

(BLOOMBERG) - A US missile defence system being deployed in South Korea to counter North Korea is rubbing China the wrong way. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system, known as Thaad, is supposed to help South Korea protect itself from a North Korean military attack. But China sees Thaad as a threat that will break “the strategic equilibrium in the region”. This debate is taking place in a volatile corner of the world. North Korea has threatened to obliterate South Korean cities in rains of fire, conducted dozens of ballistic missile tests (including some today) and vowed to advance its well-documented nuclear weapons capabilities. 1. How does Thaad work? The system, made by Lockheed Martin Corp., is designed to destroy short- and medium-ranged ballistic missiles at high altitudes in their “terminal” phase, as they descend. It’s different from conventional defence m...

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