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South Korea counters neighbour with UAV tech

23rd January 2017 - 22:44 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong

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Earlier this month the Ministry of National Defense in South Korea announced plans to field a laser-based counter-UAV system by 2020.

Seoul estimates that North Korea has some 300 UAVs for surveillance and another ten that are capable of carrying weapons. Pyongyang is also investing in larger UAVs possessing a greater range.

Such low-flying UAVs are difficult to detect in South Korea’s mountainous terrain and conventional anti-aircraft weapons find it hard to shoot down such small aerial targets. 

North Korea has flown UAVs near the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) and in 2014 four hostile UAVs were recovered inside South Korea. This

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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