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S. Korea shows off artillery firepower in drills

All News 16:54 April 04, 2017

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Army and Navy staged a large-scale joint live-fire exercise Tuesday, responding to North Korea's war threats and signs of preparations for additional nuclear or missile tests.

The artillery drills, held just south of the eastern border with the North, involved the military's new Chunmoo multiple rocket launchers, according to the Army.

More than 360 rockets were fired from vehicle-based mobile launchers in a practice session open to the media. Most of those hit the target about 40 kilometers away in the East Sea near Goseong, Gangwon Province, said the Army.

This file photo shows South Korea's Chunmoo multiple rocket launcher being fired during training. (Yonhap)

It's rare for the military to publicize a test-firing of the Chunmoo deployed in 2015.

Among other weapons mobilized were the K9 Thunder 155mm self-propelled howitzer and the KH179 155mm howitzer, as well as the Army's ARTHUR-K counter-battery radar system and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The Navy also deployed patrol ships, guided-missile speed frigates and high-speed boats.

"The training this time was held under the scenario of a North Korean military provocation on the East Sea," the Army said. "It focused on reaffirming the best-level combat readiness to strike back at the source of an attack and its supporting force swiftly, accurately and sufficiently."

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