February 05, 2023

Eye of the TIGER: ROK drone unit holds drills with US on North Korean border

Some 800 soldiers practiced defending against mock enemy, weeks after South Korea failed to intercept DPRK drones

A new South Korean army unit trained in drone warfare and other emerging technologies held its first joint drills with a U.S. brigade combat team near the inter-Korean border, not far from where at least five North Korean drones infiltrated ROK airspace late last month.

Some 800 soldiers from the ROK army’s TIGER brigade and the U.S. Army’s 2nd Infantry Division Stryker unit practiced attack and defense infantry scenarios on Friday, fighting against a mock enemy in Paju, just 10 miles (16 km) from the border.