Maj. Gen. Choi Chun-song, commander of the Air Force’s Air Mobility & Reconnaissance Command, and the U.S. Special Operations Command-Korea Commander Maj. Gen. Michael E. Martin oversaw the drills.
During the drills, South Korean and U.S. Combat Control Teams secured the safety of the emergency runway before radioing aircraft pilots permission to land, the armed service said.
“Emergency runway landing and takeoff training is essential in order to maintain air operations in places other than air bases,” Col. Lee Duk-hee, in charge of the drills’ planning, was quoted as saying. “Through repeated realistic training, (we) will continue to strengthen combined wartime and emergency runway operational capabilities.”
Last month, the North said it fired two shells from the 600-mm multiple rocket launcher, raising speculation that it could target a key South Korean air base in Cheongju, 122 km south of Seoul, and a U.S. air base in Gunsan, 179 km south of the capital.
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