[단독]South Korea and the U.S. demonstrate joint firepower for the first time in six years next year… Eagle training also revived

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Minister of National Defense Lee Jong-seop is performing a national rite at the meeting of former military commanders in the second half of 2022 held in the conference room of the Ministry of National Defense in Yongsan-gu , Seoul on the 21st. At the meeting, Minister Lee said, “If the provocation situation of North Korea arises, I specifically ask for a firm response without hesitation.” Issued by the Department of Defense

South Korea and the US plan to hold a large-scale joint firepower demonstration next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the ROK-US alliance. This drill, in which thousands of South Korean and US soldiers are mobilized and various weapon systems, has only been conducted nine times by previous governments under the name of ‘Integrated Firepower Destruction Training’ ‘. South Korea and the United States plan to demonstrate the great response power of their combined forces through this exercise. This training is being done in six years from 2017, and it was not done during the administration of Moon Jae-in.

In the middle of this, the Ministry of National Defense held a meeting of all military commanders in the second half of the year, which was attended by around 100 commanders, overseen by Minister Lee Jong-seop on the 21st. In this meeting, it was decided to practically revive the training of the eagle (FE), which was last abolished in 2018, by expanding the scale and events of practical outdoor training. In addition, as the North Korean threat continues to evolve year after year, it is decided to apply a new scenario reflecting North Korea’s latest nuclear and missile threats to joint exercises starting the next year.

○ ‘Revival’ after 5 years of Foal Eagle training, in which a large number of strategic assets were invested

According to a government source on the 21st, the military is promoting a plan to hold a joint ROK-US firepower demonstration in the second half of next year to commemorate the signing date of the Treaty of ‘ ROK-US Mutual Defense (October 1, 1953). ). The joint firepower demonstration, first held in 1977 under Park Chung-hee’s administration, has been held a total of 9 times, changing its name to “integrated training for the elimination of firepower”. However, under the administrations of Kim Young-sam and Moon Jae-in, it did not happen even once. The source emphasized, “It can be seen as a surprise to resume the training that was not done under the previous administration to mark the 70th anniversary of the ROK-US alliance.”

About 2,000 Korean and American soldiers from 47 units participated in the 2015 combined firepower elimination exercise, held for the 8th time in history to mark the 70th anniversary of Liberation Day. The exercise, which was attended by then-President Park Geun-hye, leading figures at home and abroad, and foreign military officials, took place in a scenario in which the North Korean army was devastated by the assumption that North Korea had opened fire on the most guarded post of the South Korean military. 97 tanks, 45 helicopters, and 42 aircraft were used for training, and 10,500 rounds of ammunition were used.

At the meeting of former military commanders held on the 21st, plans were discussed to expand the scale and events of practical outdoor training linked to the joint ROK-US exercise (FS Freedom Shield) from the year d – next. First of all, the military decided to intensively implement about 20 practical maneuvers, such as the joint landing drill for twin Dragons in which the ROK and US Marines participate, at the same level as the previous training of -eagle in the first half of the year.

Until 2018, the military conducted Key Resolve (KR), a computer simulation exercise, and Foal Eagle, a large-scale practical maneuver, but from 2019, it was removed and only computer simulation training was conducted due to such as denuclearization negotiations. . Eagle training, which was suspended under the Moon Jae-in administration, is actually being revived after five years. During the Foal Eagle exercise held in 2016-2017, more than 15,000 US reinforcements were mobilized, and several strategic assets such as the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, F-22 stealth aircraft , and B-52 strategic bombers were deployed to the Korean Peninsula in large numbers. it was

○ From next year’s training, the plan to ‘update the threat of North Korea’ will be applied

In addition, the military plans to develop scenarios that reflect North Korea’s changing nuclear and missile threats and apply them to the ROK-US joint military exercises that begin in -next year. In fact, this means that the current operation plan (plan) will be updated and reflected in the training. Korea and the United States agreed to create a new plan to reflect the advanced North Korean threat at the Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) between Korea and the United States in December last year. Since then, the work of creating a new plan began in earnest from this year.

In addition, the military plans to accelerate development by expanding investment in advanced high-capacity missiles such as the ‘Hyunmoo-5’ from next year to expand the ‘three-axis system of -Korean type (kill chain, missile defense, mass punishment and retaliation)’. he did Minister Lee Jong-seop said at the meeting that day, “We will have to respond to the nuclear threat of North Korea within the stronger alliance between the ROK and the United States.” He asked to carefully maintain the ‘response position on the ground to ensure victory in battle’ so that we can perfectly respond to any provocation from North Korea.”

Reporter Shin Gyu-jin [email protected]

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