For the first time, the four units of the US Indo-Pacific Command in South Korea and Japan that deployed the THAAD anti-missile system and the PAC-3 Patriot missile held a joint anti-director exercise.
Yonhap News Agency reported that analysts believe that the US’s move is intended to respond to missile threats from North Korea, China, etc., and jointly test the THAAD and Patriot missile systems.
It is reported that South Korean troops did not participate in the exercise this time, and some members of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces observed the exercise. A related person from the South Korean army stated that the US did not make a request to the South Korean side to participate in the exercise.
According to the military and the U.S. Army website on Tuesday (30th), the 38th U.S. Air Defense Artillery Brigade (38th Brigade) of the U.S. Army in Japan carried out joint commands for the first time from the beginning of this month to the 12th to formulate combat plans, share military intelligence, and implement deterrence. Trained (CCPT) to defend against ballistic missile attacks.