The South Korean military has retrieved hundreds of photos from a suspected North Korean drone found last week near the inter-Korean border.
The unmanned aerial vehicle was equipped with a Sony-made camera with a 64 gigabyte memory chip.
Stored on the chip were ten photos of the U.S. missile defense system THAAD stationed some 270 kilometers from the inter-Korean border.
This is the first time a drone has been used to take pictures of the THAAD site.
Officials say the drone flew at an altitude of under three kilometers, and while the resolution of the photos are low, if enlarged they do show two THAAD launchers and its radar.
The drone is believed to have been sent out on its mission not long after THAAD was deployed on April 26th, but it fell to the ground on the way back after it ran out of power.
The drone is similar in size and shape to the drone North Korea sent in March of 2014 to
Baengnyeongdo Island on the western sea border which was estimated to have flown some 300 hundred kilometers.
However, the most recent drone appears to have some major improvements. It used a duel engine and is estimated to have flown some 600 kilometers.
Military experts say that the South Korean government needs to come up with efficient counter measures to deal with the drone problem, which poses a grave threat to the country.
“North Korea's drones are small, so they're hard to detect with our existing radar. And if loaded with chemical weapons or explosives, they could be deadly.”
"The South Korean military is speeding up the development of low-altitude radar and drone targeting systems and plans to put them in place within the next three years to better cope with those threats."
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.