October 11, 2017 11:17
North Korean troops have repeatedly practiced paragliding into the command center of combined South Korean and U.S. forces in Seoul recently, according to a military source here.
Paragliding is a leisure activity in South Korea but seen by North Korean special troops as a new means of infiltrating the South.
"The North's special forces practiced for several days in mid-September paragliding to infiltrate and seize the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command headquarters in Yongsan, Seoul," the source said.
The special troops were practicing infiltration into a mockup of the CFC headquarters at a training ground, the source added.
Paragliding equipment weights only 3 to 4 kg, so it can be easily carried around mountainous terrain.
It would not be easy to detect North Korean paragliders with radar if they infiltrated at dead of night. But the range is short and it is difficult to control the flight accurately.
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