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        12/25/2012, Tevet 12, 5773

      U.S. Approves Sale of Spy Drones to South Korea


      The U.S. approved a controversial request from South Korea for the sale of four spy drones, at an estimated cost of $1.2 billion. 

      The sale, which aims to help South Korea defend itself from a possible attack by the heavily armed North, will consist of four Northrop Grumman Corp RQ-4 "Global Hawk" remotely piloted aircraft with enhanced surveillance capabilities.

      The sale is especially needed becase Seoul will take over responsibility for intelligence-gathering from the U.S.-led Combined Forces Command in 2015.

      "The proposed sale of the RQ-4 will maintain adequate intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities and will ensure the alliance is able to monitor and deter regional threats in 2015 and beyond," the security agency said in a notice to US lawmakers.