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US and South Korea conduct exercises to combat GPS interference from North Korea

US and South Korea conduct exercises to combat GPS interference from North Korea Illustrative photo (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

South Korea and the United States conducted joint space exercises to counter North Korea's attacks on the global positioning system (GPS) and other space threats, according to Yonhap.

The Air Force Space Operations Squadron and the US Space Force in South Korea formed an integrated group to conduct exercises as part of the Korean Fighter Training (KFT), an annual large-scale air force training event.

This marks the first participation of an integrated space operations group in KFT - a two-week exercise that commenced on April 12 at the Gunsan Air Base, located 178 kilometers south of Seoul.

During the exercises, allied forces simulated scenarios to prevent satellite communication disruptions and enhance GPS accuracy against potential North Korean threats. Utilizing data collected by US military satellites, they relayed coordinates of obstruction attacks and relevant information to allied forces, enabling South Korean and American fighters to precisely target the source of obstruction attacks.

The team also discussed methods to integrate South Korean spy satellites into real missions and operations to prepare for their deployment in the future.

US military exercises

In the first half of 2024, NATO conducted a series of large-scale exercises under the name Steadfast Defender-24. Poland emerged as a key participant, hosting and deploying significant forces and equipment from allies on its territory.

From March 4 to 15, large-scale military maneuvers called Nordic Response 24 unfolded in the northern regions of Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Approximately 20,000 servicemen from 14 countries were involved in these exercises.

At the end of February, maritime exercises NATO Dynamic Manta took place off the coast of Sicily, the aim of which was to test and enhance the Alliance's capabilities to respond to crisis situations.