DPRK missile threat and BMDS

North-Korean missile threat

& United States BMDS 

( Ballistic Missile Defense System )  

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The US missile defense system covers all CONUS (CONtinental United States), Alaska and Hawai, but Guam is not under BMDS protection, it is only under 7th fleet ships protection.

   The US navy currently disposes of 4 AEGIS cruisers (with 3 stationed in the Pacific) and 16 AEGIS destroyers (with 9+ stationed in the Pacific) with BMD capability.

- In February 2013 a second TPY-2 radar was deployed to Japan.

- In April 2013, the SBX (Sea-Based X-band radar) was moved closer to North Korea in order to monitor a possible missile launch.

- Two of the BMD-capable destroyers were moved closer to Korea to enhance the US ballistic defense capabilities near Japan and South Korea.

- On April the first, the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group arrived in Singapore for a "scheduled" port visit. It can be interpreted as a strategic prepositioning from the US.

- It was also reported that a THAAD (terminal high altitude area defense) battery will be deployed to Guam in the coming weeks. A THAAD battery is currently composed of a TPY-2 radar and 3 launchers with 8 missiles each.

- On the fourth of April, the USS Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group Arrived in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility.
An other asset for the US commanders in the region after the John C. Stennis CSG arrival.

- On April 5th South Korean officials reported that DPRK had moved 2 Musudan MRBM on the east coast.

- On April 7th, the US postponed a Minuteman III ICBM test to avoid misinterpretation by North Korea.

- On April 8th, the John C. Stennis CSG was reported conducting flight operations in the South China Sea.

- On April 9th, the JGSDF (Japanese ground self defense forces) deployed  Patriot PAC-3 anti-missile batteries around Tokyo.

UPDATED 09/04/13 (DD/MM/YY)