02 Mar '11, 11am

S.Korea to get first high-altitude spy plane via @cmswire

SEOUL - SOUTH Korea will start receiving advanced surveillance planes from US aircraft giant Boeing this year, officials said on Wednesday. The first of the modified Boeing 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) planes will be delivered to South Korea's air force in July, a defence ministry spokesman said. It has successfully completed test flights and is now in the final stage of evaluation, he said. The remaining three being built under a US$1.6 billion (S$2 billion) deal in 2006 will be delivered by the end of 2012, he said. Military officials said the planes would strengthen Seoul's capacity to carry out air surveillance of North Korea. South Korea currently has no high-altitude air surveillance system of its own and depends on US airborne reconnaissance aircraft based at Okinawa in Japan. -- AFP

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