North Korea Debuts New Global Hawk, Reaper Copies

On July 27, 2023, North Korea unveiled its new line of drones with a copy of the U.S. RQ-4 Global Hawk and MQ-9 Reaper making an appearance in Pyongyang at North Korea’s “Weapons and Equipment Exhibition 2023”.  North Korea’s first “indigenous” long endurance drones were shown alongside the usual weaponry such as Hwasong-17 and Hwasong-18 ICBMs. Captions:
1. "Morning Star-4" drone.
2. Four Morning Star-9 drones displayed during a July ‘23 military parade.
3. Morning Star-4 over Kim Il Sung Square.
4. Morning Star-4 and Morning Star-9 pictured together at Weapons and Equipment Exhibition 2023.
5. Kim Jong Un and Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu pictured next to Morning Star-4.
6. Morning Star-4.
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