Thursday, July 6, 2017

S. Korea fires missiles in drills as tensions rise

South Korean jets and navy ships fired a barrage of guided-missiles into the ocean during drills Thursday, a display of military power two days after North Korea test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile. The North's ICBM launch was its most successful missile test to date. 
Drills in South Korea were aimed at boosting readiness against possible maritime North Korean aggression. They involved 15 warships, as well as helicopters and fighter jets, South Korea's navy said. "Our military is maintaining the highest level of readiness to make a swift response even if a war breaks out today," said Rear Adm. Kwon Jeong Seob.

South Korea relies on 134 aging KF-16 fighter aircraft. Powered by F100-PW-229 engines, the KF-16 is a Korean variant of the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter and was built by Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) under license from its manufacturer in the 1990s.