South Korea’s military expanding special forces capability to strike key N.K. facilities

Source: Yonhap news

South Korea’s military said Wednesday it 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.

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 MH-47 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 said during the audit held in the Army’s Kyeryongdae military headquarters near Daejeon, 164 kilometers south of Seoul.

The MH-47 series helicopter under consideration for deployment in the Army are variants of the battle-tested Chinook choppers operated by the South Korean and U.S. military that are designed for special operations. The helicopters 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, according to the Army

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