Deliveries of the Cheongung medium range surface-to-air missile systems to the Republic of Korea Air Forces (ROKAF) have been completed, South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on April 28.
The locally-developed surface-to-air missile system is composed a command and control unit, radar, and missile launchers, mounted on three separate trucks.
The final Cheongung units were delivered earlier this month, four years after ROKAF deployed the first system in 2015 and nine years the system’s development was completed.
Cheongung will be used by ROKAF to intercept targets at ranges of 40 kilometers and an altitude of up to 15 kilometers.
Delivered by LIG-Nex1, Cheongung is replacing the Hawk SAM systems that have been in service since the 1960s. DAPA is already working on delivering a Block II version of the system that will provide ballistic missile protection.
DAPA’s administration chief Wang Jung-hong noted the system can be exported to foreign customers.