A nascent South Korean ballistic-missile defense program is gathering strength, with the defense ministry assessing bids from Thales, Raytheon and Elta to supply radars for the system. The defenses will at first rely on secondhand Lockheed Martin PAC-2 missiles as interceptors, but the ministry says it is looking at trading up to more effective weapons. The ministry’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration proposes to order two radars by year-end, aiming for deployment by 2012. ...

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