U.S. Spy Plane Scrambled as N.Korea Tests Weapon

  • By Yang Seung-sik

    April 22, 2019 09:37

    A U.S. spy plane was scrambled over the Seoul metropolitan area after North Korea tested what it said was a new tactical guided weapon last week.

    The RC-135W Rivet Joint

    A South Korean military officer on Sunday said the RC-135W Rivet Joint has seldom flown over the Seoul area but normally stuck to the West Sea and nearby areas. The last time it was scrambled over Seoul was when the North conducted a series of missile tests in 2017.

    Over two days, the RC-135W Rivet Joint covered an area from Seongnam in Gyeonggi Province and Incheon to Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, south of the no-fly zone set up under a cross-border military agreement signed in September last year.

    The plane chiefly captures remote signals generated when a ballistic missile is fired. The new weapon the North fired last Wednesday is thought to have been a short-range missile.

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