Korea — The 30th division upgrades prompt deployment and mobile capabilities through FTX

The 30th Army Infantry Divi­sion held a bilat­er­al field train­ing exer­cise, con­duct­ed in a sit­u­a­tion of real engage­ment with the ene­my, until Feb. 18 as part of its cold weath­er train­ing pro­gram to fur­ther upgrade its wartime oper­a­tions capa­bil­i­ties.

The 30th Army Infantry Division’s K1A1 tank destroy­er fires shells at the tar­gets dur­ing its field train­ing exer­cise con­duct­ed until Feb. 18. Pro­vid­ed by the unit
Source: MND, Repub­lic of Korea

In its cold weath­er train­ing con­duct­ed from Feb. 13 to Feb. 18, the divi­sion orga­nized two bat­tle groups that would car­ry out joint mis­sions includ­ing recon­nais­sance, air defense, main­te­nance, CBR, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and mil­i­tary police.

Aimed at inter­cept­ing the ene­my, the exer­cise was per­formed organ­i­cal­ly, agile­ly, and per­fect­ly by the com­bined forces. The forces com­prised both a tank bat­tal­ion with armored K1A1 tanks and K-200 vehi­cles on the ground and two army avi­a­tion bat­tal­ions with the armored AH-1S Cobra and 500MD heli­copters in the air.

Through this exer­cise held in the real­is­tic sit­u­a­tions in which local provo­ca­tions and full-scale war could take place, the sol­diers fur­ther improved their oper­a­tions capa­bil­i­ty to imple­ment prompt­ly in the the­ater of the bat­tle.

The drill helped the trainee sol­diers esca­lat­ing raise their phys­i­cal strength and per­fect adapt­abil­i­ty to bit­ing cold weath­er and prompt­ly deploy them in real com­bat sit­u­a­tions in order to upgrade “the prompt and smooth unit deploy­ment and mobil­i­ty capa­bil­i­ties” which is the core char­ac­ter­is­tic of the unit’s mis­sions.

“We gained a remark­able result from this drill that we could have more con­fi­dence than ever in prompt­ly and thor­ough­ly pun­ish­ing the ene­my when­ev­er and wher­ev­er it cre­ates any unan­tic­i­pat­ed provo­ca­tions, said Lt. Col. Im Ick-seong, the com­man­der of the tank bat­tal­ion. “On the momen­tum from their con­fi­dence, we will spur our­selves on more and more to build up an offen­sive-ori­ent­ed and com­bat­ive mech­a­nized unit.”

Min­istry of Nation­al Defense[MND], Repub­lic of Korea