South Korea to enhance surveillance, WMD detection capabilities


South Korea’s military plans to deploy several new weapon systems in 2017 to better counter military threats posed by North Korea, including Pyongyang’s potential use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul said in a 24 January press release.

To counter North Korean threats, the South plans to deploy several new weapon systems in 2017, including an armoured CBRN reconnaissance vehicle (seen here). (South Korean MND)To counter North Korean threats, the South plans to deploy several new weapon systems in 2017, including an armoured CBRN reconnaissance vehicle (seen here). (South Korean MND)

“As North Korea’s improving nuclear and WMD capabilities have emerged as a serious security threat to the South, the military badly needs to secure advanced weapon systems to effectively respond to such dangers,” the MND said.

Largely aimed at enhancing the country’s defence, detection, and surveillance capabilities, the systems include an armoured chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle referred to in the press release as the CBRN Recon Vehicle II, a further development of the K216A1.

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