In recent days, in the skies of South Korea were seen American strategic reconnaissance aircraft, as well as drones Global Hawk. In addition, long-range radio detection and guidance aircrafts E-3 AWACS arrived at the US air force base in South Korean Osan from Japan. According to Korean experts, the US began the deployment to Korea of additional means of exploration with the aim of monitoring the DPRK.
Recall that recently there were reports about the restoration of North Korea missile range in Tonchgan . There were also signs that allowed us to talk about the possible preparation of the DPRK for missile launches.
As reported by South Korean media, referring to sources involved in monitoring the airspace of South Korea, March 19, in the skies of Korea was seen by American reconnaissance planes “class U2”, which were patrolling, occasionally lifting up to a height of 18 km. in addition, the altitude of 6553 m was recorded strategic reconnaissance unmanned aircraft, the U.S. air force Global Hawk (RQ-4). The day before in Osan with the U.S. bases in Japan plane E – 3 arrived, equipped with a system of distant radio-location and guidance AWACS.
The Ministry of defense of South Korea confirmed the arrival of the E-3, explaining that the aircraft takes part in the joint the US-South Korean maneuvers Pacific Thunder, which started on March 18 and will last a total of twelve days.
A source in the military Department also said that in recent days to the Korean Peninsula several times flew as reconnaissance aircraft RC-135W and RC-135U.
According to South Korean experts, the United States began to pull in additional means of observation to South Korea to monitor the actions of the DPRK. It seems that the US intends to figure out what exactly North Korea is going to do and to know in advance about missile launches, if Pyongyang really goes for it.
On the other hand, the mobilization of such a number of air surveillance means carries a kind of warning to the DPRK to refrain from any provocative steps. It is obvious that North Korea has also tracked the arrival of us aircraft and, as Washington is likely to hope, will draw the appropriate conclusions.