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Korea Tests German-built 500-km Range Taurus Cruise Missile

Korea Tests German-built 500-km Range Taurus Cruise Missile”

South Korea has successfully conducted its first live-fire exercise for Taurus, an advanced air-to-surface cruise missile, capable of attacking North Korea during a crisis. Footage of the drill shows a Taurus cruise missile being launched from an F-15 fighter jet and then cruising at a low altitude before hitting its target. Taurus has a maximum range of 500 kilometers, and a top speed of over one, one-hundred kilometers an hour.

South Korea intends to increase the size of the warheads on its long-range ballistic missiles to ensure that they have the ability to penetrate hardened structures, such as North Korea's underground bunkers, and a few days ago, the South Korean military, together with USA forces, installed four additional Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) antimissile batteries.

The missiles are manufactured by TAURUS Systems GmbH, a joint venture between MBDA Deutschland GmbH and the South Korean subsidiary of the Swedish company Saab Dynamics AB.

A Taurus KEPD 350 cruise missile.

The drills were aimed at practicing precision bombing of North Korean key facilities as well as at testing the integration of the German missiles with South Korean fighter jets, the media outlet said.

The ministry also said that it was planning construction of additional facilities at the existing launch site of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), a United States anti-ballistic missile defense system which is meant to shoot down short- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

South Korea is now on course to deploy some 170 Taurus missiles as part of its on-going air defense build-up plan, Kill Chain, and made a decision to import around 90 more past year.



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