South Korean F-15K conducts Taraus cruise missile drill
September 12, 2017 • Leave a Comment
With explosive tensions mounting on the Korean peninsular, the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has announced that it has conducted its first drill for the Taurus KEPD 350K air-launched cruice missile from an F-15K on 12 September. A press release by the ROKAF said that the missile flew some 400 kilometers and hit an intended target in coastal waters off Gunsan, North Jeolla Province.
Video footage released by the ROKAF indicated that while the missile is functional, stencils on it, as well as the lack of explosion (on impact or delayed) revealed that it was an experimental or test round. A statement from the ROKAF confirmed that for the safety of ships in the general area, no explosives were used.
The ROKAF is on course to deploy 260 Taurus cruise missiles purchased in two batches, the second of which for 90 was placed in late-2016. The KEPD 350K differs from the baseline model with the additon of a GPS receiver as well as greater resistance to spoofing and jamming. The purchase of the German-manufactured missiles largely stemmed from the US's unwilingness to export the AGM-158 JASSM missile to the country for fear of upsetting the strategic balance in the region.
In a hot war with North Korea, the Taurus KEPD 350K will be used to target infrastructure and support facilities for the nuclear and ballistic missile programs, key military facilities and the North Korean regime's command and control capabilities.
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