12 Jun '11, 4am

S.Korea to boost border defence

S.Korea to boost border defence

SEOUL: South Korea plans to deploy Apache choppers to a border island to guard against attacks by North Korea after Pyongyang's deadly shelling of a frontline island in November, a report said Sunday. The South's military is building helicopter hangars capable of accommodating several attack helicopters in Baengnyeong island near the tense maritime border on the Yellow Sea, Yonhap news agency said, citing a military source. By October 2012, South Korea's military will have 36 Apache attack choppers armed with guided missiles and rockets, some of which will be deployed to the closest island to the disputed border with the North, Yonhap said. Local media have reported the North has recently built a new naval base in Goampo, about 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Baengnyeong, that could send some 60 hovercraft with military commandos aboard to the South. "We now need large a...

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