S Korean Army to set up Attack Drone Unit

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S Korean Army to set up Attack Drone Unit
December 5, 2017

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South Korean Army will set up a combat unit of drones next year to counter North Korea’s threats.

The drone units will be called ‘dronebot’, a combination of the words, ‘drone’ and ‘robot’, Yonhap quoted an unnamed official as saying Tuesday.

"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.

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South Korean army will launch 'dronebot' combat force next year
By Jennie Oh
Dec. 5, 2017
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The South Korea military has been watching the progress of the United States' Coyote drone, like this one made by Raytheon. Image courtesy of Raytheon

SEOUL, South Korea, Dec. 5 -- South Korea will mobilize a force of "dronebots" next year, scaling up the country's drone and robot technology for warfare.

A South Korean army official said Tuesday that a special unit will be created to command reconnaissance drones optimized for various military operations, according to JoongAng Ilbo.

The so-called dronebots will monitor and gather data on targets in North Korea, including the regime's leadership and key nuclear facilities, and deliver immediate strikes if necessary.

As part of the army's plan to foster five "game-changing" combat assets, the drones will aim to execute the tasks in the shortest possible time with minimal casualties among the allied forces, according to the official.

The army has been researching ways to control combat drones in swarms to immobilize enemy forces and vehicles from a distance.
Researchers are also looking into ways to load high-explosive bombs weighing around 2.2 pounds onto dozens of small drones, which could hit the target in a single attempt.

The military has noted the progress of the U.S. Coyote drone that tested successfully in 2015, Chosun Ilbo reported.

The Coyote can travel 1 1/2 hours at the maximum speed of 62 mph. It can carry objects weighing up to 2.2. pounds.

The official said a technical task force will be formed to develop a standard platform for the dronebots and gradually expand their capabilities.

The army will also set up an educational center to train agents to operate the dronebot team.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/12/05/South-Korean-army-will-launch-dronebot-combat-force-next-year/2581512469178/?nll=1
 
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