The drones appear to be a copy of the Raytheon MQM-107 Streaker and are capable of carrying out precision attacks by crashing into a target.
Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon writes:
The North Korean drone was first disclosed by South Korean intelligence in February 2012. Several of the Streaker drones were purchased from Syria, where North Korea was building a nuclear facility until they were bombed by Israeli jets in September 2007.
Streaker drones were originally designed by Raytheon as a training tool for the U.S. Army to test surface-to-air and air-to-air weapons on.
North Korea has apparently made slight modifications to its version of the drone by outfitting it with explosives. The streaker now functions like a remote controlled missile.
The report did not specify whether or not the drones were pilot controlled, or if they relied on pre-programmed directions and instructions.
This report marks the first time that the United States has confirmed that North Korea has joined the ranks of drone-capable nations.
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