S. Korea signs deal to buy 90 more Taurus missiles from Europe

Lim Chang-won Reporter Posted : 2018-03-13 11:46 Updated : 2018-03-13 11:46
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[South Korean Air Force YouTube channel]

​SEOUL --​ South Korea has signed a contract with a European company to buy 90 more Taurus missiles that enable jet fighters to make a precise and powerful attack on North Korea's underground missile and nuclear facilities.

The Taurus deal was signed in late February, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said Tuesday in a defense ministry press briefing.

Under a 2013 deal, South Korea was to buy 170 Taurus missiles, but it is buying more. In September last year, South Korea staged the first live-fire exercise for Taurus which incorporates stealth characteristics and has a range of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles).

South Korea has agreed to bring in the Taurus KEPD 350K, an enhanced version of the Taurus KEPD 350 fielded by Germany and Spain. According to Jane's 360, the KEPD 350 can destroy hardened and buried targets with its penetrator warhead and intelligent fuzing system. It flies at extremely low altitudes at the speed of up to Mach 0.9.