Recent satellite images show a mysterious unmanned plane appearing near a massive hangar at the Panghyon Air Force Base in Kusong, Pyongan-bukto Province, North Korea.
Defense Blog reported on December 7 that aviation experts identified this as a surveillance and aerial reconnaissance platform. Judging from the satellite images, it closely resembles the Chinese version of the U.S.-made MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft. In addition, the wingspan and design visually resemble China’s CH-4 UAV, but such an unmanned plane has never been seen in North Korea.
The CH-4 UAV has a wingspan of almost 60 feet (18 m) and attacks targets with surface-to-surface missiles. It’s accurate to within five feet of its target. It is suitable for various missions such as border patrol, sea and island protection, counter-terrorism, and emergency communications.
The article analyzes and points out that, in several military conflicts in recent years, the Turkish-made Bayraktar-TB2 and the U.S.-made MQ-9 Reaper unmanned plane have always been successful. Hence, possibly the reason for Pyongyang also wanting to acquire attack-capable UAVs.