SEOUL, South Korea (AP) December,26– South Korea’s president Tuesday called for stronger air defences and high-tech stealth drones, but the military was unable to shoot down a North Korean drone that crossed the border for the first time in five years. I apologize for not having.
South Korea’s military deployed fighter jets and attack helicopters on Monday but failed to shoot down a North Korean drone.
“There are plans to form a military drone force tasked with monitoring key North Korean military installations. President Yoon Seok-yeol said at a regular cabinet meeting, “In light of yesterday’s incident, we want to proceed with the establishment of a drone unit as soon as possible.” He will also deploy state-of-the-art stealth drones to enhance surveillance capabilities.”
He said the South Korean military needs more preparation and training to deal with the threat posed by North Korean drones.
The chief of operations at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Lt. Gen. Kang Shin-Cheol, said in a televised statement that the military regretted not shooting down a North Korean drone, causing widespread public concern. said there is.
Kang acknowledged that while South Korea has the ability to detect and shoot down large combat drones, he does not have the ability to detect and attack small surveillance drones with wingspans of less than 3 meters (9.8 feet). I was. Kang said South Korea will build drone units of various capabilities and actively use military means to shoot down enemy drones.
South Korea’s frontline county office sent an urgent text message on Tuesday to inform residents about a new batch of North Korean drones. But the military later said it was a flock of birds.
On Monday, South Korea sent its own surveillance tool, apparently an unmanned drone, across the border as an appropriate measure against North Korean drone flights. South Korea’s public acknowledgment of its intelligence activities in North Korea is highly unusual and likely reflects the Yoon administration’s determination to crack down on North Korean provocations. It was the first time a North Korean drone had penetrated South Korean airspace since 2017. The drone flight comes three days after South Korea announced that North Korea had launched two of her short-range ballistic missiles, extending its record-breaking test activity this year.
North Korea has touted its drone program, and South Korean officials previously said North Korea had about 300 drones. The advanced drones, along with multiple warheads, underwater-launched nuclear missiles and spy satellites, are among the latest weapon systems North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has promised to procure.
North Korean state media said Tuesday that Kim called for greater efforts to overcome the difficulties and challenges faced in the launch of the main ruling Workers’ Party.
Some experts say Kim Jong-un will use the meeting to reaffirm his determination to expand his nuclear arsenal and introduce high-tech weaponry to target the United States and South Korea, while at the same time bolstering the nations hit by the pandemic. He said he would likely plan a project to revive his life. In Seoul, the South Korean president used the drone incident to attack his liberal predecessor’s policy of engaging with North Korea.
Yoon, a conservative who took office in May, said the South Korean military had conducted little anti-drone training since 2017, when Moon Jae-in took office.