South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has decided the buy Israel's advanced Green Pine Block-B radar system to detect and track North Korean ballistic missiles, officials said. AFP reported that DAPA was set to place an order with Israel's Elta group for the system. Spokesman Kim Young-San told reporters Thursday that Elta fared better than France's Thales in an August performance test. "If deployed here, the system will significantly improve our anti-missile defense capabilities," he said. Kim added that that the radars could monitor ballistic missiles in flight at ranges of up to 500 kilometers, covering nearly all North Korean soil if deployed in South Korea by 2012, according the AFP. "We hope the radars will significantly improve our anti-missile defense capabilities," he said.