North Korea reportedly intricately cut grass in shapes similar to South Korean military hardware including F-15K jets just outside Sondok Military Airport, and has been practicing with its WWII-era Antonov An-2 biplane.
The Soviet-origin obsolete aircraft have been put to use by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to simulate bombing of Seoul's hardware owing to its new-found military application of dodging air defenses, other than dropping paratroopers. The single-engine aircraft was originally designed for use in forestry and agriculture, a report published by Seoul-based Chosun Ilbo newspaper on Thursday, has claimed.
"The An-2 is capable of carrying air-to-surface rockets or bombs to carry out bombing missions. It'd be very threatening if it avoids radar detection and drop bombs on our air bases while sending some dozen parachute commandos down to the ground," an unnamed South Korean intelligence officer said.
In 2017, when tensions spewed between Pyongyang and Seoul, Korean People’s Army’s An-2 planes were flown during North Korea’s flexing of military muscles near the DMZ. The prop-driven biplane could maintain lift flying at a speed of 25mph.
The “slow” plane has a low radar cross-section. Therefore, modern pulse-doppler radars filters out An-2s, believing them to be debris or signal noise. The lethality of these planes lies in difficulty in spotting them, and not the problem in targeting them with anti-air weaponry, the report said.
North Korea reportedly fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan early on Saturday, a day after South Korea lopped off a ‘key military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan. “North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles at 6:45 a
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) completed the first flight of the initial Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) prototype on August 19. The test flight with two pilots on board was conducted in KAIs headquarters for about 20 minutes, a statement posted on the KAI website said
Raytheon has won a $13.25 million modification contract to exercise options for engineering and technical services in support of Standard Missile-2/6 shipborne guided missiles belonging to US, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, Australia and Denmark
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has announced the successful first flight of its vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned helicopter designed for military and civil applications. The 600kg-class NI-600VT (Night Intruder-600) unmanned copter completed its test flight on 24 September, in Goheung Aerospace Center, South Jeolla Province
Japanese radar stations and Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) failed to track some of North Korea's short-range missiles launched in recent months due to their low altitudes of less than 60km and irregular trajectories. “This raises concern over Tokyos defense capabilities
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