Watch the US missile defence that has China spooked knock out an incoming missile

US defence officials confirmed on Tuesday that the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence, or THAAD missile defence system has been successfully deployed in South Korea. 

THAAD, the world’s most advanced missile defence system, has both China and North Korea spooked, as its powerful radar could potentially spot and knock down Chinese missiles, and persistent rumours say it could be bad for the health of South Koreans in the region, despite evidence to the contrary.

But THAAD is a purely defensive weapons system. The missiles do not even carry warheads, and rely solely on kinetic energy to smash incoming missiles without detonating their high explosive, or possibly nuclear payload. 

In the clip below, see how THAAD knocks out an incoming missile threat. 


NOW WATCH: These are the small, agile new aircraft carriers meant to take F-35s into battle

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.