13 March 2017

News Report: US to Deploy Gray Eagle Attack Drone to S. Korea Amid High Tensions on Peninsula

MQ-1C Gray Eagle (Image: Wiki Commons)
The United States are looking to deploy Gray Eagle drone to its military base in Gunsan, media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United States are looking to deploy Gray Eagle unmanned attack aircraft to its military base in Gunsan to enhance its strike capabilities against ground targets in North Korea, media reported Monday citing a military source.

"The US Army has begun the process to dispatch a squadron, which will operate the Grey Eagle unmanned aircraft, to a US unit in Gunsan (274 kilometers south of Seoul)," the source told Yonhap news agency.

The source added that the consultations regarding the deployment were underway but provided no specific time frame.

In 2017, North Korea carried out tests of four ballistic missiles, and conducted two nuclear tests and 24 missile launches last year.

The system is an advanced version of the Predator drone and has an endurance of 25 hours, speeds up to 167 knots (309 km/hour), can operate up to 29,000 feet (8,840 meters) and can carry multiple payloads including and four Hellfire air-to-surface missiles and four GBU-44/B Viper Strike glide bombs.

This story first appeared on Sputnik & is reposted here with permission.