The Pentagon is planning to station the Gray Eagle drones – which can also conduct reconnaissance flights – in South Korea later this year. Equipped with night vision cameras, the drones can embark on flights that last up to 30 hours. They are intended to monitor the areas along the demilitarised zone separating South and North Korea. The drones will enable the US and Seoul to strike enemy helicopters and tanks from almost five miles.

Each drone will be equipped with four anti-tank “Hellfire” missiles and four glide bombs – while they can even be equipped with air-to-air missiles. Washington began a new weapon deployment strategy in South Korea after Pyongyang claimed it had successfully tested an H-bomb on January 6 – triggering an earthquake in its own country. CONTINUE