According to a report published by South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, North Korea is allegedly developing a new attack capability by refitting U.S. target drones with the capacity to carry high-explosive payloads.
The news agency cited an anonymous South Korean intelligence report.
According to the source, “North Korea recently bought several U.S. MQM-107D Streakers from a Middle Eastern nation that appears to be Syria, and is developing unmanned attack aircraft based on them.”
The MQM-107 Streaker was designed as a reusable, turbojet powered, target-towing drone for testing and training. Developed in the early 1970’s the unmanned aircraft was phased out beginning in 2003 in favor of the smaller and lighter BQM-167 Skeeter drone.
The intelligence report opines that if the North Koreans are successful in their endeavor, the likely target would be South Korean troops stationed on border islands in the Yellow Sea.