On the 15th anniversary of the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong, a confrontation at sea between North Korean and South Korean patrol boats, Seoul’s military may have already forward deployed advanced weapons, including a Multiple Launch Rocket System, Yonhap reported Tuesday.
South Korean forces located in the northwest islands are the first line of defense in the event of a North Korea attack at sea. Troops at the maritime border work in coordination with the United States ‘ Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Companies stationed in Japan.
In additions to the MLRS, South Korea has either deployed or is to soon deploy the Cheonmu, a midrange surface-to-air guided missile, and the Cheonma, a short-range surface-to-air missile.
The 70-millimeter guided missile Bigung has already been deployed to guard against North Korean boats.
Pyongyang is believed to have completed construction of a military base for hovercrafts about 30 miles from South Korea’s Baekryeong Islands.
South Korean marines have placed the anti-personnel missile Spike in the northwest islands, to strike back at potential massed artillery fire from the North Korea side, according to the report.
A total of 5,000 South Korean troops are stationed on the islands.