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Could have been lots worse

North Korean Attack On Yeonpyeong Island

Used Thermobaric shells

Damage would have been far more extensive if a) so many of the shells hadn’t been duds, b) their cannons weren’t so inaccurate, and c) if the meticulously planned attack had used an up to date map

N. Korea fired thermobaric bombs
Attack was designed to cause maximum damage, but equipment was old

South Korea’s military concludes the attack was meticulously planned, although much more damage would have been caused if the North’s equipment wasn’t so old and faulty. A high-ranking South Korean military official said that North Korea used thermobaric bombs, or “fuel-air bombs,” to wreak havoc on Yeonpyeong Island, the first time it has done so.
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Thermobaric bombs have longer blast waves than regular explosives, and when used in the open air, they can result in increased casualties and more structural damage.

The South Korean military is examining around twenty North Korean shells that failed to explode and were found lodged in concrete walls and in tree branches. Eighty of the 170 shells fired managed to land on the island. Roughly 90 rounds fell into the sea.

The number of duds is expected to increase, as troops are still combing the island for shells. South Korean authorities believe the duds and the shells that failed to reach the island were the result of North Korea’s aged equipment or flawed gunpowder and detonators.

Military officials believe North Korea achieved such extensive damage on the island despite the duds and the misses because it meticulously planned the attack. It used “time-on-target” (TOT) coordination, a military tactic in which all the munitions arrive at the same time at a designated target for maximum destruction.
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They didn’t fire randomly but specifically targeted the military base on the island, including oil storage units, and 20,000 liters of oil were released, some catching on fire. They also targeted the post office, a supermarket and municipal buildings. Those structure were formerly military buildings, so the South Korean military suspects North Korea was planning from an old map.

Let’s hope that the same can be said for the hundreds or thousands of missiles that the NorKs are setting up on the border, and that their target data and guidance systems are from 1951.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/29/2010 at 03:32 AM   
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