September 27, 2023 10:54
South Korea held a full-scale military parade in downtown Seoul on Tuesday ahead of the 75th Armed Forces Day, which falls on Sunday.
It was the first time in a decade that a parade on such a large scale, featuring the country's homegrown missiles and other state-of-the-art equipment and weaponry, has been held.
The parade, attended by President Yoon Suk-yeol, started in the morning with a ceremony at a military air base in Seongnam, Gyeongi Province, followed by massive displays of key weapons in Gwanghwamun, the heart of the capital, in the afternoon.
The parade aimed to showcase South Korea's defense alliance with the U.S. and its military capability in the face of growing threats posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles.
The military mobilized some 3,700 soldiers, showcasing about 170 pieces of cutting-edge weaponry including homegrown missiles like the Hyunmu, battle tanks, drones and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Some 300 U.S. troops also took part in the parade in a demonstration of the bilateral alliance, but an aerial show by the Air Force's Black Eagles aerobatic team was canceled due to the rain.
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