In response to North Korea’s continuous tests for its missile and nuclear program, the U.S. military announced it has begun deploying attack drones to South Korea.
The company of Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) will be permanently stationed at Kunsan Air Base, which is roughly 150 miles south of Seoul.
On Monday, U.S. Forces Korea issued a press release, stating, “The stationing of this company, which will be assigned to the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division, directly supports the U.S. Army’s strategic plan to add one Gray Eagle company to each division in the Army.”
“The UAS adds significant intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability to U.S. Forces Korea and our [Republic of Korea] partners.”
The deployment of the U.S. missile defense system was agreed upon last July between the U.S. and South Korea. It began last week, one day after North Korea performed its latest weapons test — launching four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan — and stated it was practicing to hit U.S. military bases stationed in Japan.
The timeline for the deployment of the Grey Eagle drones is unknown. However, an Army profile shows those currently being deployed can stay in the sky for up to 24 hours and can hold up to four Hellfire missiles.
According to a statement to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, an unnamed South Korea military official said:
“In case of a war on the Korean Peninsula, the unmanned aircraft could infiltrate into the skies of North Korea and make a precision strike on the war command and other major military facilities.”
H/T: The Hill
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