08 January 2014

Editorial: South Korea to Purchase Israeli Spike Missiles

Spike Missile (Wiki Info - Image: Wiki Commons)

By Zachary Keck

According to news reports, South Korea will buy additional precision-guided missiles from Israel.

South Korea is purchasing additional Israeli-made Spike missiles local newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported, citing a statement released by South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).
“We’ve recently struck a deal with the Israeli manufacturer of the missile” the report cited DAPA as saying.
It went on to say that the missiles will be equipped on AgustaWestland’s Wildcat maritime choppers that South Korea intends to purchase. According to Chosun Ilbo, Spike missiles are capable of hitting a window-sized target from 25 kilometers away.
South Korea has previously purchased Spike missiles from Israel. The Republic of Korea (ROK) military began deploying the missiles back in May and first tested one of them in October of last year. Seoul also displayed them at a military parade in October. They are currently stationed on the Yeonpyeong and Baengnyeong Islands in the Yellow Sea near North Korea. 

Read the full story at The Diplomat