The South Korean military will introduce new high-tech reconnaissance aircraft capable of intercepting communications and detecting missile launches in North Korea.
A government source on Sunday said the existing reconnaissance aircraft -- the Geumgang for visual information and the Baekdu for communications intercepts -- have only limited capabilities, so the military will buy two Falcon 2000s from French firm Dassault.
The planes will chiefly intercept North Korean wireless communications or detect the frequencies of weapons and equipment. They are also capable of detecting missile launches with infrared heat sensors.
South Korea currently relies on the U.S. Defense Support Program's early warning satellite system for detecting missiles.
The Falcon 2000 can carry a lot more reconnaissance equipment and carry out aerial surveillance activities for a longer period of time because it is bigger than the existing craft and has a longer range.