S Korea ex­pand­ing special forces ca­pa­bil­ity to hit key N Korea fa­cil­i­ties

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


South Korea’s mil­i­tary will greatly ex­pand the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of its special forces to strike key North Korean com­mand fa­cil­i­ties and its lead­er­ship in the event of a cri­sis, Yon­hap News Agency re­ported yes­ter­day.

In a par­lia­men­tary au­dit, the army said it is striv­ing to be ready to carry out in­de­pen­dent special op­er­a­tions against the North’s provo­ca­tions, with a plan to se­cure hard­ware, such as the lat­est MH47 se­ries chop­pers, com­pact satel­lite links and ad­vanced small arms. “The Army is seek­ing to have a special op­er­a­tions unit ca­pa­ble of in­fil­trat­ing (enemy ter­ri­tory), com­plet­ing its given mis­sion and com­ing back in one piece,” Army Chief of Staff Jang Jun-kyu was quoted as say­ing dur­ing the au­dit.

The MH-47 se­ries he­li­copters are equipped with air­borne re­fu­el­ing equip­ment and a radar sys­tem that can de­tect to­pog­ra­phy, can carry 40 special forces troops and fly some 600 km into enemy ter­ri­tory.

In Septem­ber when the North con­ducted its fifth nu­clear test, the mil­i­tary said it was plan­ning to cre­ate a special avi­a­tion unit ca­pa­ble of in­fil­trat­ing the North’s strate­gic mil­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties and de­stroy­ing them.

Cur­rently, the army plans to se­cure ca­pa­bil­ity to carry out special mis­sions by 2018. The Army’s Special War­fare Com­mand said in the au­dit that the cre­ation of a special op­er­a­tion unit is also un­der con­sid­er­a­tion to carry out crit­i­cal mis­sions. The mis­sions could in­clude the re­moval of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his lead­er­ship should a war break out on the Korean Penin­sula. —KUNA

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