N.Korean Drones Detect New Radar
Irene Lee, July 17, 2017, 9:32 a.m.
South Korea has completed development of a new perimeter or localized air-defense radar that can detect small North Korean drones.
The radar is designed to defend a specific area, military unit or facility from air strikes.
The Defense Acquisition Program Administration said Friday the radar has been in development since 2011 and recently passed combat suitability tests.
Mass production will start next year, and it will first be deployed at Army and Marine units on the northwesternmost islands off the North Korean coast.
The three-dimensional "active electronically scanned array" radar detects drones by radiating beams with hundreds or thousands of transmit/receive modules on a flat panel.
Unlike older mechanical scanning radars, AESA radars are capable of detecting and tracking multiple objects simultaneously. They can be mounted on a vehicle or the nose of a plane.
Several North Korean drones have been found crashed in South Korea recently after spying on military installations.