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South Korea Developing ‘Kamikaze’ Attack Drone


A suicide drone capable of a strike in North Korea, is under development in South Korea.

The “Devil Killer” can reach speeds of approximately 250 mph, thanks to an electric motor, has a length of about 5 feet and a fuselage to match, and a wingspan just over 4 feet, according to state-funded Korea Aerospace Industries.

The company has been working on the drone with Hanyang University and Konkuk University, Fox News reported.

The drone is intended to be portable, it has foldable wings and weighs 55 pounds.

The drone is pre-programmed with a route and using a video camera and GPS device, the drone can automatically identify targets. The company says it can either undertake an automatic strike or a manually executed one.

Like Aerovironment’s Switchblade, a leading US version of this sort of kamikaze drone, if the drone can’t acquire its target, it can be redirected to another mission.

The scuttlebutt is that the Devil Killer could strike a target 25 miles away in about 10 minutes.

After further testing and development, the Devil Killer is expected to be deployable by 2015.

The two Koreas signed an armistice that ended the 1950-1953 Korean war, though a peace treaty was never signed. Technically, the two countries remain in a state of war.

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