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South Korea is wasting little time bolstering its air surveillance system after discovering
three probable North Korean drones on its territory in recent weeks.
Seoul wants to buy some seriously advanced radar systems from Israel... that should help
the South Korean military detect any unwanted visitors in the sky.
Our Connie Kim reports. The discoveries of three suspected North Korean
drones in less than a month on South Korean soil... has prompted Seoul to take action.
The government said Wednesday that it would be adopting Israel's tactical air surveillance
radar system. A government source said an emergency budget
of around 19 million U.S. dollars will be drawn up to purchase 10 low-altitude radars
this year. The RPS-42 radars will be deployed at key
government facilities, including the presidential office and on the west coast next year.
The South's current radars aren't capable of detecting the North's small-sized drones,...
but the newly adopted Israeli system is. It can detect all types of aerial objects
as small as half a meter in size within a 30-kilometer radius, and has an altitude range
of 10 kilometers. The Korean military has been under fire for
allowing the unmanned aerial vehicles infiltrate its airspace, which represents a national
In another effort to boost the nation's military readiness,... Korea has asked the U.S. Defense
Security Cooperation Agency to purchase more than a hundred advanced missiles.
The agency said Tuesday that it had notified Congress of a possible sale of missiles, equipment
and parts to Seoul. Korea plans to buy 76 Sidewinder Block II
All-Up-Round Missiles and 32 Captive Air Training Missiles at a cost of nearly 100 million U.S.
dollars... to help counter threats from North Korea.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.