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South Korea plans to develop Taurus-based air-to-ground missile

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World Defense & Security News - South Korea
 
 
South Korea plans to develop Taurus-based air-to-ground missile
 
South Korea will push to develop its own indigenous long-range air-to-ground missile to cope with the growing military threat from North Korea, the state arms procurement agency said Wednesday. According to the local media Yonhap, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) plans to start its research on relevant missile technologies from 2018 with a plan to produce some 200 air-to-surface Taurus-class missiles until 2031.
     
South Korea plans to develop based air to ground missile 640 001South Korea's future air-to-ground missile would be based on Taurus KEPD 350 cruise missile
(Credit: Saab)
     
The missile will be mounted on the KF-X fighter jets to be developed by mid-2020s. The military will spend an estimated 810 billion won (US$695.2 million) on the project.

The missile will be modeled after the Taurus which has a 500-kilometer range and can be fired from the country's F-15K. It is known to be capable of hitting the capital city of Pyongyang when fired from a plane flying over Daejeon, 164 kilometers south of Seoul.

The military yesterday received its first batch of Taurus missiles and is currently deploying the German long-range air-to-ground missile within this year. Some 170 Taurus missiles are already scheduled to be integrated with Republic of Korea Air Force's F-15K Slam Eagles fighter jets. In October 2016, the Korean military decided to acquire 90 more Taurus missiles to further beef up its anti-nuclear and anti-missile capabilities.

The North has continued to enhance its military capabilities, carrying out two nuclear tests and dozens of missile launches this year alone.

(Source: Yonhap)