Taurus Systems, a joint venture of MBDA and SAAB has handed over the first lot of Taurus KEPD 350K stand–off missiles to the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF).
The ceremony, which saw the participation of representatives from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and the RoKAF, was performed at the headquarters of Taurus Systems GmbH in Schrobenhausen, Bavaria, and marked the start of series deliveries, MBDA said in a statement Friday.
The Taurus KEPD 350K programme is progressing according to plan and the integration to the Korean Air Force F-15K fighter aircraft is in the final stages. TAURUS weapon system will provide RoKAF with stand-off and deep strike capability.
Taurus KEPD 350K is an enhanced and upgraded version of the Taurus KEPD 350 missile, which has been in service with the German Air Force since 2005 and with the Spanish Air Force since 2009.
The Taurus KEPD 350K is a modular stand-off missile system for precision strikes. The KEPD 350K missile has been designed and developed to fly through dense air defenses at a very low terrain-following level and for the engagement of high-value targets.
The missile contains dual stage warhead system, which combines penetration capabilities for hard and deeply buried targets with blast-and-fragmentation capabilities against point and area targets.
South Korea plans to buy additional "jamming proof" Taurus air-to-ground guided missiles that can be carried on its F-15K fighters. "The military has recently decided to acquire 90 more Taurus missiles to further beef up its anti-nuclear and anti-missile capabilities
South Korea plans to deploy "jamming proof" Taurus air-to-ground guided missiles that can be carried on its F-15K fighters in a bid to boost its strike capabilities by the end of this year to counter military threats from North Korea. "Taurus missiles combined with GPS receivers and the flight termination system, or FTS, will be deployed in two to three months with the Air Force," an official from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) was quoted as saying by
The Korean National Assembly has recommended that its government re-examine plan to buy European long-range air-to-ground missiles and high-altitude surveillance aircraft from the United States, citing too high price tags, according to the Korea Herald. The defense acquisition plan to buy Taurus missiles and Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles should be "reviewed again in a (future) parliamentary budget deliberation process
The Spanish Ministry of Defence and TAURUS Systems GmbH (TSG) signed a contract for an upgrade of the operational capability of the TAURUS KEPD 350 Weapon System used by the Spanish Air Force. The TAURUS KEPD 350 has been in the inventory of the Spanish Air force for 10 years
South Korea's Air Force successfully test-fired a 500-kilometer-range advanced air-launched cruise missile during its first live-fire exercise in South Chungcheong Province, on Tuesday. The Air Force's F-15K fighter jet fired a Taurus missile, which flew some 400 kilometers and precisely hit an intended target in the coastal waters off Gunsan, North Jeolla Province,
South Korean government has allowed electronics companies to join a weapons procurement project for the first time. South Korea plans to buy additional 90 air-to-ground Taurus-class missiles from Germany and have asked local technology firms to submit a list of products that they wish to sell to the German firm,
Korean Aerospace Research Institute will sign a $40 million deal with French Thales for the joint development of a new augmentation system for global positioning systems that will greatly reduce the scope and rate of errors in existing GPS. The signing will be done on Wednesday to jointly develop a new and advanced Satellite Based Augmentation System for GPS by 2021, according to the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Yonhap reported Tuesday
The US and South Korea have agreed to launch a high-level ‘extended deterrence dialogue for the protection of its Asian ally from nuclear and missile threats from North Korea. According to the agreement signed on Wednesday, "Extended deterrence" refers to the commitment (US) to use nuclear weapons to deter attacks on allies
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