February 05, 2016 09:43
South Korea on Thursday conducted a massive live-fire drill in waters near Baeknyeong and Yeonpyeong Islands to ward off a repeat of North Korea's 2010 shelling.
Some 1,000 troops deployed 40 K-9 self-propelled howitzers, tanks, amphibious assault vehicles, attack helicopters, and coastal artillery.
Vulcan anti-aircraft guns were mobilized to practice shooting down North Korean drones.
The North has raised its guard since its recent nuclear test and conducted live-fire drills near the islands in the West Sea, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff here.
The North has also reportedly conducted naval drills to prepare for hostilities near the Northern Limit Line, the de facto maritime border.
It recently built a battery position of 122-mm multiple rocket launchers on Kal Island 4.5 km northwest of Yeonpyeong Island.
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