December 23, 2010 09:05
The Army is to stage a ground and air live-fire drill on Thursday as a show of force in response to North Korea's shelling of Yeonpyeong Island on Nov. 23 and in preparation for threats to the Seoul metropolitan area.
An Army spokesman on Wednesday said the drill will be staged in Pocheon, Gyeonggi Province and involve Korean-made multiple rocket launchers, self-propelled antiaircraft guns dubbed "Biho" (flying tiger), AH-1S attack helicopters, 500MD helicopters, METIS-M anti-tank missiles, two F-15K fighters, and four KF-16 fighters, and about 800 troops.
K-1 tanks will fire at targets on the move and fighter jets will bomb targets from air. The Army will run AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder radar to track enemy trajectories to their source and fire K-9 self-propelled guns to practice responding to a North Korean shelling.
The First Navy Fleet Command on Wednesday also began a four-day mobile maritime training and antisubmarine drill in waters east of Geojin Port in Gangwon Province, mobilizing six corvettes and frigates and Lynx helicopters.
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