Officials believe North Korea used the Raytheon MQM-107 Streaker UAV as a model for its own plane. (MSgt Michael Ammons / 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadro)
North Korea has developed a UAV based on a U.S. target drone, according to a report in the Washington Free Beacon.
The newspaper cited the Department of Defense's Congressionally-mandated annual report on the North Korean military. Images of the UAV in flight during March 2013 military exercises were shown.
The report concluded that the UAV appears to be a copy of a Raytheon MQM-107 Streaker target drone, said the Free Beacon. "The drone also was shown on a cruise missile simulator that was shot down by a mobile surface-to-air missile," the newspaper said.
North Korea reportedly purchased several Streaker drones from Syria. "The North Korean drone was first disclosed by South Korean intelligence in February 2012," the Free Beacon said. "The drones are outfitted with explosives, and several tests had been carried out several years ago.”