By Yu Runze, Sina English
South Korea will deploy newly-introduced missile defense radars as soon as acceptance testing is completed in order to better guard against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea’s rocket, a military source said.
South Korea brought in two Israeli-made "Green Pine" radars this year, one of them in August and the other last month, and has since been conducting tests to ensure they have no defects.
"Acceptance testing of the Green Pine radar No. 1 came to an end Wednesday with a final assessment of 24-hour continuous operation," the source said.
Testing of the second radar will be completed by mid-December and deployed thereafter, the source said
"It will be deployed immediately after the acceptance testing and will be in service when the DPRK launches its long-range rocket."
The DPRK plans to launch a long-range rocket between Dec.10 and 22 to put an earth observation satellite into orbit.
The new advanced radars, capable of detecting targets at ranges of up to about 500 kilometers, will be tasked with tracking the flight path of the DPRK’s rocket, together with two Aegis warships equipped with the SPY-1 radar that can detect targets as far away as 1,000 km.