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S. Korean Army to form weaponized drone unit next year

2017/12/05 19:37

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SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Army will create a combat unit of weaponized drones next year to help counter North Korea's threats, an official said Tuesday.

The Army calls the envisioned defense asset a "dronebot," a combination of the words "drone" and "robot."

   "The Army plans to set up a special organization to lead the development of dronebots, establish a standard platform and expand the dronebot program by function," the Army official said, requesting anonymity. "To begin with, we will launch a dronebot combat unit next year and use it as a 'game changer' in warfare."

   The team will operate reconnaissance dronebots against such core North Korean targets as nuclear and missile sites. In case of a contingency, swarms of dronebots will be mobilized to launch attacks.

The Army is also considering imitating a similar military unit of Israel's, added the official.

South Korean troops use reconnaissance drones during training in this file photo provided by the Korea Army Academy at Yeong-Cheon. (Yonhap) South Korean troops use reconnaissance drones during training in this file photo provided by the Korea Army Academy at Yeong-Cheon. (Yonhap)

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