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, Yonhap reports.
Germany-built Taurus, a long-range air-to-surface missile, is capable of carrying out precision attacks on targets in the North's capital Pyongyang, even if it is fired as far as from the central part of South Korea.
The latest exercise was also designed to test the Air Force's integration of the German missile with local fighter jets and its performance.
"By hitting the target precisely, the exercise showed off the military's capability to respond to an enemy attack, as well as its ability to launch precision attacks on strategic targets even from a far distance," the Air Force said.
With the maximum speed of 1,163 kph, Taurus' range expands to the entire North Korea if it is fired near the South Korean capital Seoul, putting any target in the communist country within a 15-minute reach of the weapon.
South Korea is currently on course to deploy some 170 Taurus missiles as part of its on-going air defense build-up plan, Kill Chain, and decided to import around 90 more last year.
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,
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
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
Saab has received an order from TAURUS Systems GmbH for deliveries of components and hardware to the TAURUS KEPD 350 stand-off missile system. The order value amounts to approximately SEK 236 million (US$ 28 million) and deliveries will take place during the period 2019-2020
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