North Korea crisis: South Korea launches Stinger missiles to shoot down drones

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
By Paul Martin

SOUTH Korean assault helicopters have shot down two drones over the Yellow Sea.

Wed, Dec 13, 2017

The embattled nation, facing 24-hour provocation from its North Korea neighbour and leader Kim Jong-un, carried out live-fire missile drills off the west coast of the Korean Peninsula.

Two AH-64E Apache Guardian choppers each fired a Stinger air-to-air guided missile at target drones 1.5 miles away.

Military officials said it was the first live-fire Stinger missile drill by the country’s new Apache unit.

They declared the tests “successful”.

The Stinger missile is a powerful weapon capable of destroying enemy aircraft or unmanned drones infiltrating South Korean airspace at relatively low altitudes.

The US military uses Stingers, known for high accuracy, as a portable air defence system.

The South Korean Army has modified the weapons for deployment on Apache helicopters which can carry up to four missiles with a maximum range of 3.7 miles.

Last month, the Army held an Apache Hellfire air-to-surface missile exercise in addition to a number of rocket and machine gun live-fire drills.

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