|The Hyunmoo 3 missile is unveiled for the first time during the Armed Forces Day parade in Gwanghwamun, Seoul, Tuesday. (Yonhap News)|
South Korea staged a massive military parade with the latest indigenous missiles and weapons on Tuesday to celebrate the 65th Armed Forces Day.
The Defense Ministry mobilized 11,000 soldiers at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam, south of Seoul, as well as 190 kinds of ground equipment and 120 aircraft to commemorate the establishment of the nation’s armed forces in 1948.
“This year’s Armed Forces Day celebration involves the largest number of forces and equipment since 2003,” the ministry said.
Among the equipment were indigenously developed cruise missiles capable of striking key locales in North Korea.
It was the first time 500 kilometer-range Hyunmoo 2 and 1,000 kilometer-range Hyunmoo 3, both loaded on mobile launchers, were unveiled to the public.
The South Korean Navy presented a series of homemade torpedoes, which can be launched from warships and submarines, as well as anti-ship missiles and ship-to-air missiles.
It also unveiled Israeli-made Spike missiles deployed in the western border islands, which are capable of striking North Korea’s underground facilities with satellite-guidance system.
The Air Force staged F-15K, KF-16 and other combat jets, and Black Eagle aerobatic team put up an air show with T-50 trainer jets built by Korea Aerospace Industries. (Yonhap News)