At a time when the enthusiasm to undergo intensive training prevails throughout the Korean People’s Army for ushering in a new heyday in strengthening the national defence capabilities under the banner of self-defence, an artillery fire competition of artillery sub-units under mechanized units at all levels of the KPA was held on November 6.
It was aimed at inspecting and evaluating how the mechanized units of the KPA conducted drills in order to increase their mobile artillery combat capabilities true to the militant policy set forth by the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea at the first workshop of military and political cadres of the KPA and further intensifying the competitive training throughout the KPA.
Pak Jong Chon, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau and secretary of the WPK Central Committee, guided the artillery fire competition.
Army General Rim Kwang Il, chief of the General Staff of the KPA, and commanders of the combined units greeted Pak Jong Chon on the spot and inspected the competition with him.
In the competition firing positions and the firing sequence were set by drawing lots, and then the tactical and firepower duties of supporting mechanized units entering the decisive battle with artillery firepower were issued to the commanders of the combined units so that they can make their decisions and personally command the firing of artillery sub-units to destroy the targets.
As soon as the firing orders were given by the commanders of the combined units, gun barrels competitively belched out fire with high spirits to annihilate the enemy and accurately hit the targets.
The artillery sub-unit under KPA Unit 604 won the competition, with those under KPA Unit 337, KPA Unit 243, KPA Unit 671, KPA Unit 488 and KPA Unit 757 coming second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively.
In the competition, the unit which had an excellent score and took the first place received a certificate of crack shot and medal and badge of crack artillerymen, and the sub-units which had excellent scores were awarded certificates and badges of crack artillerymen sub-unit.
Pak Jong Chon expressed great satisfaction with the competition results.