We start this evening with the South Korean
military’s first live-fire drills of the year. The big guns came out to play on Saturday
as the armed forces hoped to send a strong new years message to North Korea that further
provocations along the border will be dealt with sharply and swiftly.
Ji Myung-kil reports. They are the first live-fire drills of the
year and most of the big guns are out. The South Korean Army’s Cobra Helicopters
fire automated cannons to take out enemy positions. The shots slam into their intended targets
and more rounds are unleashed in quick succession to annihilate enemy lines.
On the ground,… K-1 tanks fire live rounds under the aerial cover provided by the helicopters. “In the case of a sudden provocation from
North Korea, the South Korean Army will strike back quickly and with force.” South Korean-made K-9, self-propelled artillery
was also on display at the drill in Pocheon County, Gyeonggi-do Province,… promising
a strong defense against a potential North Korean attack.
By the end of the drill, the K-1 tanks carry out their final mission,… destroying enemy
targets. 500MD light combat helicopters hover above,…
protecting the tanks and troops on the ground. Military officials say the drill was held
to check combat readiness and to prepare for any provocations from South Korea’s unpredictable
neighbor to the north. Following North Korea’s land mine attacks
at the Demilitarized Zone last summer, South Korea’s defense ministry says it expects more
surprise,… but small-scale attacks from the North this year as well.
South Korean soldiers taking part in the drill promised to fight the enemy with will and
courage whatever the circumstances throughout 2016.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.