“2015 Air Defense Missile Firing Competition” hosted by the Air Force
- Air Force displays tremendous firepower by live-firing Patriot/Hawk/Mistral missiles and Vulcan guns.
- Tactical abilities improved through launch equipment transport/deployment and live-fire training.
The Air Force Air Defense Control Command(ADCC) hosted the "2015 Air Defense Missile Firing Competition" in Daecheon firing grounds(Boryeong city, Chungnam province) on October 13th(Tue) to evaluate air defense units' ability to cope with real combat situation and bolster their combat capabilities.
The "Air Defense Missile Firing Competition" is a tactical firing training for Air Force air defense units, aimed at maintaining a high level of combat readiness and providing the airmen with a live-fire experience close to that of real combat. This would result in fostering confidence in themselves as combatants.
This year, the competition consisted in intercepting target drones used as mock enemy air provocations. The Air Force showed its powerful ground-to-air interception capabilities through live-fire display of its Patriot/Hawk/Mistral missiles and Vulcan guns arsenal.
In addition, not only did the different air defence units that are currently conducting air defence missions all over the country improve their firing skills, but they also increased general tactical capabilities by transporting and deploying equipments such as launchers, control stations and radars to the firing fields situated several tens of kilometers away from their respective bases.
Major Lee Seung Jun(41, Officer Candidate School 106th promotion), commander of Unit 8647 under the Air Defense Control Command assures that through this realistic training they were able to "verify the ability to hit every single target". The competition also strengthened their confidence in their ability to "shoot down all enemies trespassing in the Korean airspace". Finally, he pledged to maintain an "impeccable combat readiness level to defend the Korean airspace from the various forms of enemy aerial threats."
Meanwhile, to palliate the possible dangers of live-fire sessions, the Air Defense Control Command formed a separate security control group to assure ground/maritime/air surveillance of possible threats in the vicinity of the firing grounds. Additionally, emergency measures were taken closely cooperating with concerned regional agencies such as the provincial government of Chungnam and the city administration of Boryeong as well as the local military units, coast guards and the Fishing Information Agency.