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Korea Develops Sophisticated Spy Radar
Dec. 20, 2004
A South Korean Defense Ministry research institute said on November 23 it has developed a radar system that can take pictures of enemy terrain regardless of weather conditions.
The Agency for Defense Development said KOMSAR, or the Korea Miniature Synthetic Aperture Radar, is able to detect enemy facilities concealed in hilly terrain within a range of 15 kilometers and make high-resolution pictures of objects. The EO radar that the military had been using could not operate properly at night and in rainy or foggy weather.
The ADD staged 10 tests of the radar -- which sends 2,000 pulses per second, collects data and makes pictures -- on CN-235 utility and KT-1 training aircraft in September and October.
"The KOMSAR is believed to enhance the Korean military's capabilities in collecting intelligence," said Dr. Lee Suk-ho, a team leader at the Radio Frequency Division's Technical Development Center. It can be deployed for real-time operational missions in four years and be mounted on unmanned or other aircraft in the near future, he said.