A case for ABM capability? Updated with US plans

PETALING JAYA: North Korea is expected to launch a rocket in a few weeks time. According to the wires:

“North Korea announced earlier this month it would launch a rocket between April 12-16 to put a satellite into orbit to celebrate the centenary of Kim Il-Sung’s birth.
The move has been condemned by the United States, South Korea and other nations as a pretext for a long-range missile test banned by the UN.

North Korean missile range

It has also jeopardised a deal with the United States announced last month on suspending uranium enrichment and long-range missile tests in return for food aid.
A senior US official warned that the rocket launch would be aimed south for the first time and impact in an area “roughly between Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines”

Clearly the range of the missile is well within our own shores. And yet we persists on buying short range surface to air missiles!

It appears that even the US is thinking of having a BMD shield in Asia. Read Here

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