NORTH KOREAN AIRBORNE BRIGADES



Our UAVs can take-down North Korean Airborne Brigades Air Transport Vehicles. click here to read more...




Our UAVs to take down the North Korean Airborne Brigades AN-2 Colt & MI-4 Hound.

North Korean Airborne Brigades belong to North Korea's SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES.

AN-2 Colt
The An-2's admittedly-antiquated design gives it extremely short take-off and landing (STOL) capabilities.


More than 12,000 Colts have been produced at the PZL Mielec plant in Poland since it signed a licensing deal in 1960. The Antonov plant in Kiev produced 5,000 before it stopped production in 1965. The design was also licensed to China, where 1,500 were completed as the Harbin Y-5 transport airplane between 1957 and 1970, and more were produced as the Fongshu 2.





MI-4 User Countries: Afghanistan, Albania (as the Z-5), Algeria, Bulgaria, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Iraq, Mali, Mongolia, North Korea, North Yemen, People’s Republic of China (as the Z-5), Poland, Romania, Somalia , South Yemen, Sudan, Syria, Vietnam

MI-4 Hound
Variations of the Mi-4 also entered service in the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and electronic warfare roles


North Korea is one of the world leaders in fielding Special Operations Forces (SOF). It is estimated that this force totals or exceeds 121,500 soldiers. They are organized into 22 light infantry type brigades and 7 independent light infantry battalions. They are charged with five basic missions: conducting reconnaissance, performing combat operations in conjunction with conventional operations, establishing a second front in South Korea's rear areas, countering ROK/US special operations forces in north Korea's rear area, and maintaining internal security.

STRATEGIC LEVEL OPERATIONS

Strategic level missions include the seizure and/or destruction of ROK/US strategic/theater command, control, communication, and intelligence (C3I), and NBC warfare assets. More specifically, the assassination or abduction of ROK/US political leaders, senior military commanders, and acts of terrorism. They may also conduct raids against US Air Force airfields in Japan and against military installations in Hawaii. Missions of a strategic level are controlled by the President of north Korea, Kim Chong-Il, the Central People's Committee, and other national level agencies.

OPERATIONAL

Operational level missions consist of the seizure and destruction of major military targets (airfields, naval bases, port facilities, POL storage facilities, missile sites, etc.) within the rear area. They may also be used to interdict the arrival of ROK and U.S. reinforcements and supplies for forces deployed south of the DMZ. Operational missions support the advancement of regular north Korean ground forces and are controlled by VII Special Purpose Corps (also known as the Light Infantry Training and Guidance Bureau) and the Forward Corps reconnaissance section.

TACTICAL

These missions are controlled by the Forward Corps intelligence office. Missions include assaults against, and control of, major fortified defensive positions, envelopment operations, or flanking attacks in support of regular ground force units. Light Infantry units may also augment corps and division reconnaissance elements by conducting diversionary and unconventional warfare operations.



AIRBORNE / AIRMOBILE BRIGADES

The airborne/airmobile infantry brigades provide north Korea with the capability to project combat forces deep into the South Korean rear area. North Korean airborne/airmobile units have missions similar to their American counterparts:

Seize and control bridges, amphibious and river crossing sites.
Seize and destroy government command and control facilities.
Seize and destroy critical logistic facilities and mass destruction weapons.
Seize and control tactical targets such as airfields.
Conduct raids and guerrilla activities in enemy rear areas.
Conduct operations in support of South Korean insurgent groups.
Conduct operations preventing the movement of enemy reserves and supplies.
Conduct link-up operations with conventional and unconventional units.
Conduct operations to rescue encircled units, provide for their resupply and assist in engineering activities.



TACTICS

Airborne

Airborne infiltrations will be conducted by low-flying aircraft (namely the AN-2 Colt and the MD-500 helicopter). The AN-2 Colt is a propeller-driven biplane which is made from cloth and wood, making it virtually invisible to radar. The AN-2 can transport ten fully loaded passengers for 300 Km and the MD-500 can move four for 600 Km. The South Korean military also uses the MD-500, it is likely that north Korean aircraft will have South Korean markings in an attempt to make infiltration easier.

North Korean airborne operations are normally organized into assault, follow-on, and rear area echelons. The main force of the assault will be preceded by a reconnaissance element and a small airborne force (possibly with artillery and anti-armor assets) to secure the LZ/DZ for the main force. The main force carries out the expansion of the LZ/DZ to exploit resources. The follow-on echelon lands four to six hours later with the support units. Personnel normally carry a three to four day supply of ammunition and rations since aerial resupply is unlikely. Movement to the LZ/DZ is normally conducted using two or three routes with fighter aircraft in support. Dummy drops are conducted as part of a deception plan. Air drops are almost always conducted during hours of limited visibility.

Airmobile

These operations are conducted using a variety of helicopters. Usually airmobile operations draw personnel from a corps' light infantry brigade. Missions are conducted as deep as 50 km from the FLOT, but 15 to 20 km is more common due to the support of forward ground unit's artillery. Units will land directly on their target if possible. Once on the ground, units conduct operations using standard infantry tactics.


TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT
Aircraft Troops Range
AN-2 Colt 10 300 km/ 186 miles
MD-500 4 600 km/ 372 miles
MI-2 Hoplite 8-10 340-580 km/ 211-360 miles
MI-4 Hound 12-16 120 km/ 74 miles
MI-8 Hip 24 795 km/ 494 miles



PERSONNEL

Reconnaissance personnel are selected from each branch of the army as well as from other SOF brigades. One brigade is made of only women, it is known as the "Peony Brigade". Reconnaissance personnel are thought to be able to speak in English.

TRAINING

In addition to the normal SOF training of 12-24 weeks, reconnaissance brigade personnel attend an additional 3-18 months of guerrilla warfare training. This training consists of urban or rural guerrilla warfare, counter-insurgency, internal security, VIP kidnapping and assassination techniques, psychological warfare, use of explosives, communications, document forgery, etc.



Our UAVs can take-down North Korean Airborne Brigades Air Transport Vehicles. click here to read more...

NORTH KOREAN AIRBORNE BRIGADES