US Air Force Security Forces airmen at Kunsan AB, South Korea, recently conducted training exercises to sort out tactics and techniques with South Korean anti-aircraft artillery forces that now form part of Kunsan’s defense plan should hostilities erupt on the peninsula once again, reports SrA. Stephen Collier. In the US military, operating an anti-aircraft battery is an Army mission, but in South Korea, it’s an Air Force action and at Kunsan falls to the 38th Fighter Group. The South Korean airmen employ M-61 20 mm Vulcan cannons, each capable of firing 6,600 rounds per second. (Two readers tell us that the Vulcan fires around 6,000 rounds per minute—that’s a big difference.)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.