Military Capabilities

North Korea developing long-endurance UAV, says report

20 December 2016

North Korea is developing a long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Yonhap news agency quoted a South Korean defence ministry official as saying on 18 December.

"The North is building larger drones with greater range and with the capability to be flown remotely by flight controllers," said the unnamed source. While he declined to go into detail, he did say that Seoul had detected "numerous test flights" by such UAVs since early 2016.

The UAV that is undergoing flight testing is larger than those currently in service in the North, according to the source, although very little is publicly known about these.

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