'US Testing Automated System to Hunt for Mobile Missile Launchers'

Write : 2016-04-29 18:47:59 Update : 2016-04-29 18:49:23

'US Testing Automated System to Hunt for Mobile Missile Launchers'

A U.S. defense news portal says that the U.S. intelligence community is testing an automatic tracking computer system that monitors North Korea's mobile missile launchers to issue sufficient warnings before an attack. 

Citing a high-level source in the Department of Defense, Defense One said in a report Thursday that authorities including those from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency were secretly testing the tracking system.

The system automatically traces mobile targets such as a transporter erector launcher from an ocean of digital imagery collected by American spy satellites, manned aircraft and drones with the aim to alert analysts about possible attacks. 

The senior defense official was quoted as saying that what was largely a manual process for intelligence analysts has to become an automated one in order to pick out "needles in a haystack."

The source said the testing draws attention in the wake of North Korea's failed launch of two intermediate-range Musudan ballistic missiles, with a range of three- to four-thousand kilometers, conducted Thursday.

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