“We regret that we were unable to shoot down the drones, although our army found and tracked them,” he said.
The general acknowledged that the capabilities of the armed forces are limited to detect and defeat small reconnaissance drones, but noted at the same time that the army is capable of withstanding larger attack drones.
“But in the end, we caused public concern because of the lack of combat readiness,” Chol said.
According to the head of the operational headquarters, now the military will more actively use attack weapons, conduct exercises and use platforms capable of shooting down drones without harming the civilian population.
North Korean drones crossed the border into South Korea on December 26. Military planes and helicopters were raised to intercept them. Later, one of the attack planes crashed for some unknown reason.
The South Korean Air Force fired around 100 shots at the drones but failed to shoot them down. The drones flew to the Ganghwa island area and one arrived in Seoul.
After some time, the “Seoul” drone returned to the DPRK, and the rest disappeared from the radars of South Korea.