Yonhap News Agency reported that the South Korean Defense Agency said on the 8th that it had signed a contract with LIG NEX1, a military industrial enterprise, for the development of a long-range radar system, with a contract value of 46 billion won (about 265 million yuan).
Long-range radar is used to monitor and identify aircraft in the Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ), and the information detected by the radar is transmitted to the main control reporting center (Central Air Defense Control Center) for air defense operations.
The Defense Agency plans to mass-produce radar after completing the research and development work, and put it into deployment from 2027.
South Korea has promoted long-range radar research and development projects, but because some equipment performance is not up to standard, it suspended the project in 2017, and decided to promote the research and development project again in 2019.
This time, the research and development time will be shortened to 48 months by the joint investment of the government and enterprises.
At present, the long-range radar operated by the South Korean Air Force was introduced from the United States before 1990, which is seriously aging.