April 20, 2024
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Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un guides drill of mortar sub-units of KPA corps

Date: 10/04/2020 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, guided a firing drill of mortar sub-units of the corps of the Korean People’s Army.

The drill was aimed at learning about the power of the KPA’s light guns and heavy weapons while appraising the firepower combat capabilities of mortar-men of each KPA corps by way of a contest, arousing enthusiasm for bringing about a radical turn in military training and expanding achievements.

In the drill, according to the firing order decided by drawing lots, the mortar sub-units selected from different corps took firing positions and shot at a target. The standings were set by synthesizing the number of their hits and the time taken to carry out the firepower mission.

The KPA corps commanders commanded the firing by their mortar sub-units, according to the firing method they chose.

In the shelling drill, the mortar-men gave full play to their firing skills, demonstrating the combat efficiency of a-match-for-a-hundred artillerymen who are ready to carry out any fire support mission.

The Supreme Leader expressed great satisfaction over the fact that all the corps of the KPA have prepared well the firepower sub-units for modern warfare in the flames of the movement to win the title of Crackshots by ideologically accepting the Party’s idea of attaching importance to the artillery. He said that he had never seen such a drill of that day in which all the sub-units fired guns so well, that he organized the drill by surprise by optionally designating sub-units from the corps and assembling them in the training ground, that the result of the drill was so amazing and that he was really pleased to see shells hitting the target just as if they had eyes.

He repeatedly spoke highly of the amazing marksmanship of the mortar companies of all the army corps who got very high points, including the 2nd and 10th corps which accurately hit the target with all the 60 shells fired, before extending his thanks to the firepower positions at the observation post.

Greatly excited to receive the thanks from the Supreme Commander, the gunners raised cheers of stormy hurrah in a rapture of delight.

The certificate, medals and badges of crack artillerymen were awarded to the mortar company under the 2nd Corps which won the first place in the drill, and the diploma and badges of crack artillery sub-unit to all the sub-units which obtained spectacular results in the contest.

The Supreme Leader specified important tasks to be tackled in artillery training and the modernization of artillery pieces. As he referred to the importance of intensifying training to make good use of light guns and heavy weapons like mortars in operations and battles, he said it is needed to further step up the preparations for artillery combat under the slogan of attaching importance to and strengthening the artillery as the artillery forces are the most important factor in modern warfare since they play the decisive role in operations, battles and a war as well.

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