On November 27th, DAPA (Defense Acquisition Program Administration) declared that "Low Altitude Radar" (LAR), the first domestic ASR (Air Surveillance Radar), had gone into full-scale mass production with the aim of military powering in 2015.
LAR, executed under a 33.6-billion-won budget to develop and operated by Air Force MCRC (Master Control and Reporting Center), detects aerial targets at a distance of more than 100km and provides 3D information such as distance, direction and altitude. The Army is also planning to deploy this LAR to focused surveillance on the metropolitan area.
Moreover, beginning with this LAD, DAPA announced that it was going to be developing Long Range Radar, Air Traffic Control Radar, and Local Air Defense Radar with domestic technology to be completed by 2015, and that all the radars that monitor the entire airspace of Korea would gradually be domestically produced after 2016. Meanwhile, the Air Force has been using ASR imported from abroad.
It is expected that localization of ASR will greatly increase the maintenance capability of the military by securing a follow-up logistical support system.
DAPA Chief of Command & Reconnaissance, Air Commander Lee Seong-yong, said, “Once LAR is military powered it is possible to minimize a vacuum of air surveillance for critical areas and extend early reaction capability against an enemy attack. Besides, by stepping domestic technology up a notch, it would be a trigger to extend low-observable flying object detection capability including ballistic missiles.”