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Originally posted by iqonx
I saw this on Yahoo news today it say N'Korea has :
46,000 navy personal
9 "Combat" Ships
Air froce :
3,500 Battle tanks
Taepodong (quanity = unkown)
Taepodong 2 (quanity = unkown)
RoDong (quantity = 200, Range = 930 Miles)
SCUD Type (Quantity = 600, Ranges short/medium range)
[edit on 7-7-2006 by iqonx]
Originally posted by Regensturm
They said all this about Iraq pre-1991, how it had a big scary army and etc, etc, and same with 2003.
It's called "let's make Country X look really, really scary" to the media and to those in power it suits to make them look scarier.
[edit on 7-7-2006 by Regensturm]
Why don't you back up your statement there with proof and source material stating that the defenses will not work.
Originally posted by shadowstriker
there just trying to show off there new toys
if they start a war they would loose
posted by Planeman
I've been looking at North Korean defenses and equipment in some detail. My observations: Re huge army: probably true. but in general they are poorly equipped conscripts. Nearly all their equipment is out of date. Navy: nothing remotely modern about 99% of it. lots of mini-subs . . missile boats are outdated
Air force: A big joke really. Some Fulcrums but most aircraft appear in open storage and obsolete types are still in service. Few if any modern air-air missiles and no evidence of modern air-defenses (SAMs etc).
Terrain: Mountainous, dusty, infertile. Virtually every hill top is fortified with trenches but relatively few are accessible or large enough for vehicles. [Edited by Don W]
posted by Regensturm
They said all this about Iraq pre-1991, how it had a big scary army and etc, etc, and same with 2003. It's called "let's make Country X look really, really scary" to the media and to those in power it suits to make them look scarier. [Edited by Don W]
posted by sweatmonicaIdo
There seems to be a real misunderstanding about the pre-1991 Iraq military. According to one Navy Corpsman, the Iraqis fought ferociously. Gulf War information is still classified. The Iraqis had the fourth largest military in the world. The difference came in training and tactics. A study of the Iran-Iraq War shows the Iraqi military was severely deficient in strategy, tactics, and training.
Their inability to coordinate combined arms attacks cost them at Khafji. Had they been able to coordinate the assault, Khafji could have resulted in a resounding defeat for the coalition forces. Another example is air power. The Iraqi Air Force in 1990 was the largest in the Middle East. However, the Iraqi Air Force never took advantage of its capabilities. They never used the air force to support ground troops, instead relying on helicopters like the "Hind" which experience in Afghanistan showed were highly vulnerable to ground fire.
Read the masterpiece book "Storm on the Horizon" by David J. Morris and see its History Channel documentary. The point here is that Iraq had everything. They had a huge, world-class military, an unparalleled fighting spirit. Yet in the end, their deficiency was training and tactics. Technology and fighting spirit will only take you so far.
North Korea is different. They have larger forces, but their military is far worse off than that of 1990 Iraq. [Edited by Don W]