South Korea is engineering stealth drones to tackle North Korea’s anti-aircraft defenses

“ADD began developing the UAV squadron in November last year and has completed the basic design. The agency plans to work on the detailed design with Korean Air,” Korean Air told Business Insider.

The company will now be responsible for engineering a “manned-unmanned teaming system.” This advanced system will be backed by three to four stealth UAVs during its participation in missions such as air-to-ground attacks, surveillance and combat.

“The squadron of UAVs will not only support and escort a manned aircraft but will also be able to perform its own missions including surveillance, electronic interference tactics, and precise strikes,” Korean Air added.

South Korea is engineering stealth drones to tackle North Korea’s anti-aircraft defenses

An image of South Korea’s Seoul.

South Korea has been working on UAVs for over ten years, so this is not a completely new development. However, drones are not its only line of defense against North Korea.

In July of 2021, the nation announced it was pursuing the development of its own Iron Dome after witnessing the success of the defensive missile system in the Israel-Hamas conflict earlier this year. The country said at the time that it was willing to spend $2.6 billion on this technology in order to protect its capital city of Seoul and other key areas that sit a few miles away from its border with North Korea.

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