December 21, 2010 10:41
The North Korean military reportedly deployed decoy artillery pieces among real multiple rocket launchers on the coast, ahead of a South Korean artillery drill on Yeonpyeong Island in the West Sea on Monday.
The decoys were tricked out to look like 122-mm and 240-mm rocket launchers. When it shelled the island on Nov. 23, the North fired 122-mm rockets with a range of 20 km alongside coastal artillery guns from Kaemori.
Experts say the decoys are either inflatable or made of painted plywood.
The aim seems to be to give greater weight to threats that it could shell the island again and to confuse South Korean F-15K fighters and destroyers bent on surgical strikes in the event of a counterattack, experts speculate.
"The North Korean military is developing sophisticated camouflage and deceptions to avoid surveillance and precision bombing by state-of-the-art South Korean and U.S. reconnaissance equipment and weapons systems," a South Korean military officer said. "It seems they've got all sorts of decoy equipment and facilities, from fake cave positions of long-range guns and fake naval ships to fake aircraft, fake runways and bogus guns."
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