Warning to the North?“Sky assassin” deployed by the US for the first time in Japan | Joongang Ilbo | JoongAng Ilbo

ⓒ JoongAng Ilbo / JoongAng Ilbo Japanese version2022.10.27 07:35

As rumors of North Korea’s seventh nuclear test are becoming more imminent, the U.S. military’s unmanned attack aircraft “MQ-9 Reaper,” which is capable of aerial reconnaissance and surveillance as well as striking targets, has been deployed in Japan.

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command held a launch ceremony for the 319th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron (ERS), which operates the MQ-9 Reaper, at the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kanoya Air Base in Kagoshima Prefecture on the 23rd. I made it clear on the 26th.

The MQ-9 Reaper is said to have a maximum altitude of 15 kilometers and a maximum speed of 480 kilometers per hour, and can fly for up to 14 hours. It weighs 4.7 tons and has a range of about 5,900 kilometers. It is also rated as the ‘world’s best military unmanned aerial vehicle’ as it is equipped with sensors capable of wide-range detection and armaments capable of precision strikes. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite “Qods Force,” who was killed in an explosion while driving at Baghdad Airport in Iraq in 2020, was attacked by an MQ-9 Reaper. I found out.

This is the first time the MQ-9 Reaper has been deployed to the Indo-Pacific region. The reason why the U.S. military made the deployment of the drone public was that the U.S. issued a public warning message to North Korea and others amid concerns such as North Korea’s imminent test of the seventh test and the U.S.-China confrontation over the Taiwan issue. It is analyzed that there is an intention to send.

On the 28th of last month, the South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) made a business report at a plenary meeting of the Intelligence Committee, stating, “The possibility of a nuclear test has increased with the completion of the tunnel No. 3 in Punggye-ri, North Korea.” If China conducts its seventh nuclear test, it could be between October 16, after the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, and November 7, before the U.S. midterm elections.”