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South Korea's Air Force delays Taurus KEDP 350 missile introduction

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World Defense & Security News - South Korea
 
 
South Korea delays introduction of the Taurus KEDP 350 missile in its air force
 
The United States stalled decision over the export of a key GPS system is causing a major delay in South Korea's plan to introduce Taurus missiles by the end of this year, sources said Tuesday. The U.S. government is currently delaying its decision on whether to approve the export of a military GPS receiver for the local project to arm its fighter jets with the made-in-Germany air-to-surface missiles, South Korean military and defense procurement officials said.
     
South Korea s Air Force delays Taurus KEDP 350 missile introductio 640 001The Taurus long-range cruise missile
     
Any decision on the matter is expected to come after August, according to the officials.

The GPS component is an integral part of the missile integration project for its trace and key-target hitting functions.

The missing piece of the puzzle has halted the project in the middle of missile installation, resulting in skepticism on the success of the push to deploy them within this year.

Including those intended for this year, the military is reportedly planning to acquire a total of some 170 Taurus missiles by the first half of next year as the country is beefing up defense against North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threats. The Taurus missile will be mounted on F-15K or KF-16 fighter jets.

The only long-range missiles in the Republic of Korea Air Force's inventory are 40-odd SLAM-ER missiles with a range of 278 km, which were made by Boeing.

With a range of 500 kilometers, the Taurus KEDP 350 is an air-launched cruise missile which can automatically detect, trace and hit targets and penetrate a concrete wall as thick as six meters.

     
South Korea s Air Force delays Taurus KEDP 350 missile introductio 640 002A RoKAF F-15K fighter aircraft fitted with two Taurus missiles