Response to Reconnaissance Drone Infiltration from North Korea, Seoul Holds Massive Anti-Drone Exercise

Response to Reconnaissance Drone Infiltration from North Korea, Seoul Holds Massive Anti-Drone Exercise

As a result of the infiltration of five North Korean reconnaissance drones into deep South Korean territory on December 26, it seems to have become a hot ball in the government and military of Ginseng Country. 

Not just expressing an apology for the inability to shoot down the drone, it was reported that the South Korean military had carried out a massive anti-drone exercise on Thursday, December 29, 2022. Some even called this the largest anti-drone exercise held by Seoul in the last five years.

Quoted from local media, it was said that the anti-drone exercise was held to simulate drone shooting as a step to increase its readiness against North Korean provocations.

Last Thursday's anti-drone exercise involved ground-based counter-air systems, multiple target drones, and a total of up to 20 fighter jets, attack helicopters and reconnaissance drones. Although there was no direct fire, military authorities said it was South Korea's first major anti-drone exercise series since 2017.

The drills near Seoul set up various scenarios of border intrusion by small drones, in which mobilized South Korean military assets practice how they can detect, track, and shoot down.

From the photos circulating, in addition to deploying short-range anti-drone missiles, anti-drone exercises involve classic weapons, namely the M167 Vulcan canon – VADS/Vulcan Air Defense System. The M167 Vulcan itself is not a new type of weapon, which was designed by Rock Island Arsenal in the period 1964-1965 and entered the US Army operations in 1967.

As a six-barreled swivel gun (gatling gun), the base used is the 20×102 mm M61 Vulcan canon – which is none other than the organic cannon type installed on the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

The M167 Vulcan has a firing rate in the range of 1,000-3,000 projectiles per minute. Meanwhile, the effective range of fire for air targets is 1,200 meters, and for targets on the surface, it is 2,200 meters.

On Thursday, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol reiterated his drive to build stronger air defenses and stand tough against North Korean provocations.

In response to North Korean drone intrusions, South Korea said it sent three surveillance drones across the border in a rare tit-for-tat action. So far, however, North Korea has offered no reaction.

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