South Korea and the United States conducted bilateral training, which included counter-UAS drills, at a U.S. air base located in South Korea last week. Seoul is seeking to reinforce readiness after North Korea sent drones into South Korean airspace late last year.
Photos posted to the Pentagon’s Defense Visual Information Distribution Service and articles on the Kunsan Air Base website last week show the drills taking place. The drills take place at Kunsan Air Base in Gunsan, which is 275 kilometers south of Seoul.
Following the airspace incursion by North Korea in December, the South Korean military has realized their lack of readiness for future infiltrations. Specifically around small uncrewed aircraft that could potentially carry lethal weapons.
South Korea has prepared a series of counter-UAS plans, including conducting regular drills, building real-time target intelligence-sharing systems, and securing kinetic and non-kinetic assets.
Post Image: A Republic of Korea (ROK) Air Force 38th Fighter Group military policeman (left) aims a K2C1 rifle while U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Bryant Ashe, 8th Security Forces Squadron officer, aims a Dronebuster at a small, unmanned aircraft system on Kunsan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 7, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Akeem K. Campbell)
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