South Korea, in a display of determination that it will not fall behind in defence of its borders, had exhibited a range of its military hardware, including several new weapons.
South Korea, in a display of determination that it will not fall behind in defence of its borders, had exhibited a range of its military hardware, including several new weapons. A new, South-Korean made missile was shown in public for the first time.
SYNOPSIS: The South Korean President, General park Chung-Hee, reviewed a display of his country's military might on sunday October the 1st. It was an impressive sampling of old and new hardware. The marching soldiers head a long list of sophisticated weaponry, some of its United States made, but with much being designed and manufactured in South Korea. Not least of these is a new long-range surface-to-surface missile, which military observers say could strike deep into North Korea.
But not only weapons were to be seen. Troops of South Korea's crack Parachute Regiment demonstrated their skills during the Armed Forces Day celebrations, watched by hundreds of thousands of South Koreans. The Armed Forces are being rapidly built up and President Park announced on Sunday (October 1) that he wants South Korea to be self reliant in production of weapons and defence equipment by the end of 1980.
Tanks and missiles includes many now made in South Korea. Some new locally-made missiles on show were reported successfully tested recently (late September).