U.S. / South Korea Begin Annual Large-Scale Exercises

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    U.S. / South Korea Begin Annual Large-Scale Exercises



    WASHINGTON, March 7, 2016 —
    U.S. and South Korean troops today began their annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises, which Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said are conducted to maintain South Korea’s preparedness.

    The exercises also will include troops from United Nations Command mission nations Australia, Canada, Denmark, France and Great Britain, Davis told reporters.

    DoD officials said about 7,700 American and 10,000 South Korean troops will participate in the exercises.

    “As you know, we continue to ask [North Korea] to refrain from provocative actions and statements that only serve to aggravate tensions,” Davis said. “We closely monitor activities [in North Korea], and we’re always ready to act in support of our Republic of Korea allies.”

    Defensive Exercises

    The exercises are “purely defensive,” Davis said. “Certainly, any statements that imply hostile offensive action by North Korea are not only unhelpful, … they’re contrary to … what we’re doing,” he added.

    Both exercises involve air, ground, naval and special operations support, Davis said, noting that Key Resolve is a command-post exercise and that Foal Eagle is focused on field training.

    THAAD Talks Move Forward

    Based on North Korea’s evolving threats, the United States and South Korea have agreed to look at the South Korea’s missile defense posture and the feasibility of U.S. Forces Korea operating a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, officials reported last month. Following a recent formal agreement signing, the formal THAAD consultations are expected to begin soon, Davis said today.

    THAAD provides the ballistic missile defense system with a globally transportable, rapidly deployable capability to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during its final phase of flight, according to DoD’s Missile Defense Agency website.

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    Just send those three Wasp class LHDs.for our Navy.thanks.
     
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    I am not a military expert. Can someone please explain the purpose of the smoke? Is it hiding the location of the vehicles?
     
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    You're right the purpose is to hide the individual vehicles. "But these days, even relatively-unsophisticated bad guys can have thermal viewers and heat-seeking missiles. Which is why the Army is looking for a smoke screen that will hide soldiers in the visible and infrared regions of the spectrum."
    http://www.wired.com/2008/01/ir-smoke-screen/
     
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    Falcon's already done a good job explaining their purpose, but I'll chime in too.

    The smoke screen is the same you'll find on most modern tanks. They're launched mainly as countermeasure to hide from enemy sensors or detection, but they can be used offensively as well when trying to mask movements or the firing of the tank's main weapon.

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    In the video of US and South Korean forces, we see series of a AAV-P7/a1 assaulting a beach. Because they're still in the water, where mobility is more limited - and given these vehicles aren't too mobile to begin with, they're expending countermeasures, smoke grenades, to conceal various signatures and improve their survivability at a time when the vehicles are most vulnerable. Most commonly these are for IR and visual signatures, to confuddle enemy gunners, scouts or to prevent an accurate lock by missiles using these spectrums.

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    Some grenade types also block laser emissions, which negate or limit the effectiveness of laser designators, like this US AN/PED-1:

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    Which is used to direct weapons fire onto a target, using munitions such as the L-JDAM:

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    Or M712 Copperhead artillery round:

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    It's a rudimentary form of concealment, but still a very effective one.

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    Thank you and Falcon. Your posts were very informative and I learnt about thia for the first time. I am looking forward to learn more about military matters.
     
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