South Korea's Air Force announced it had created a bigger airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) unit in response to growing nuclear and missile threats from North Korea, according to Yonhap news agency. The Air Force plans to introduce two RQ-4 Global Hawk UAVs next year, with two more to arrive from the US in 2019.
The aviation intelligence wing will be tasked with monitoring the North's related activities in close coordination with US ISR assets operating in the region. It will also collect and analyze information related to the South Korean military's space operation, the report adds.
"Its main mission is the production of information and surveillance to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile threats," said Col. Kang Yoon-seok, commander of the unit. "(We) will make all-out efforts to detect the indications of the enemy's attack and threat in advance by maintaining 24-hour ISR capabilities."