The TAPAS-BH (Tactical Aerial Platform for Advanced Surveillance - Beyond Horizon) will make its flying debut at 'Aero India' next week. There will be static and airborne demonstrations during the five-day aerospace and defence expo, which begins on February 13. The UAV is capable of operating at altitudes up to 28000 feet, with an endurance of 18 plus hours.
South Korea and the United States conducted joint counter-drone drills last week at a US air base in a southwestern city, according to US military images released on Sunday, as Seoul strives to strengthen readiness following North Korea’s drone incursions late last year.
Photos posted on the Pentagon’s Defense Visual Information Distribution Service on Friday showed manoeuvres taking place on Tuesday at Kunsan Air Base in Gunsan, 275 kilometres south of Seoul, according to Yonhap News Agency.
One image showed a US Air Force officer shooting a “dronebuster” at a simulated enemy drone. According to the US military, the dronebuster is a radio frequency jammer capable of neutralising opposing drones.
Another image shows a South Korean Air Force explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) squad member inspecting the drone while wearing a “bomb suit” designed to protect people from potential bombs carried by the drone.
The North’s drone infiltrations in December exposed the South Korean military’s lack of preparedness against such small craft capable of carrying lethal weapons.
The South has recently devised a range of anti-drone strategies, including frequent drills, the development of a real-time target intelligence-sharing system, and the protection of kinetic and non-kinetic assets, such as drone jamming guns.
According to Yoo, North Korea possesses roughly 500 unmanned aerial vehicles of 20 different sorts, the majority of which measure one metre to six metres (40 to 236 inches), but which also contain a small number of self-destruct assault devices.
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