Recently, a large number of troops and military vehicles have been mobilized in North Korea’s Merrill Lynch Parade. The outside world may speculate that it may be in preparation for the large-scale military parade in October. The intelligence agencies of the United States and South Korea are closely monitoring the development of the situation. On the 5th, the U.S. military sent an RQ-4 “Global Hawk” drone to conduct reconnaissance over the military demarcation line (MDL) in northeastern South Korea.
According to the latest satellite photos released on Twitter on the 2nd of the North Korean analysis website “38 North” (38 North) based in the United States, there has been a movement of troops at Pyongyang Merrill Airport recently. A military parade will be held in December. The tweet said: “Practices for large military parades generally start 1-2 months in advance (sometimes earlier).”
The possible date of this event has not been confirmed, but North Korea has used the recent military parade to announce new military hardware, including large ballistic missiles. According to sources from the United States and South Korea, intelligence officials of the two countries have analyzed the approximately 10,000 military personnel and transport vehicles gathered at the airport recently, and they also believe that this may be in preparation for a large-scale military parade. The South Korean Joint Staff Headquarters stated that South Korean and US intelligence agencies are closely monitoring and tracking relevant trends.
On October 10 last year, the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea, North Korea held a military parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. Before the military parade, it was confirmed that the North Koreans were conducting exercises at the same airport.
Analysts speculate that North Korea may hold a military parade on September 9th on the 73rd anniversary of its founding or October 10th on the occasion of its 76th anniversary of the founding of the party. However, considering the impact of the epidemic, the scale of this year’s military parade will be smaller than in previous years.
In response, according to Yonhap News Agency, the 24-hour flight radar network (Flightradar24) that tracks aircraft movements stated that the U.S. military has dispatched RQ-4 “Global Hawk” drones on the 5th to fly back and forth across the military boundary between South Korea’s capital area and the northeast. reconnaissance. Analysts believe that after foreign media revealed that North Korea was preparing for a military parade, the US military “Global Hawk” immediately appeared, aiming to grasp the movement of North Korea’s military.
According to reports, the Global Hawk UAV can identify objects with a diameter of only about 30 cm on the ground through special radar and infrared detection equipment at an altitude of 20,000 meters, and it has a continuous navigation time of 38 to 42 hours and a cruising radius of 3,000. Km, the monitoring range can cover the entire Korean peninsula.