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China opposes to the presence of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea

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China opposes to the presence of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-II – International Relations

In News:

  • Recently, China objected to the presence of the USA’s THAAD missile defence system in South Korea.

Key takeaways 

  • THAAD is a transportable, ground-based missile defence system.
  • It is coupled with space-based and ground-based surveillance stations.
  • These stations transfer data about the incoming missile and inform the THAAD interceptor missile of the threat type classification. 
  • Space-based satellites also have infrared sensors which raise alarm about incoming missiles. 
  • It has been designed and manufactured by the US company Lockheed Martin.
  • It has been deployed in South Korea, UAE, Guam, Israel and Romania. 
  • In South Korea, it is operated by the US army stationed in its army base in Osan, South Korea. 

IAS UPSC Prelims and Mains Exam – 1st May 2020

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