South Korea to Develop Air-Launched Cruise Missile

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On July 10, news sources reported that South Korea will develop its own air-to-ground cruise missile, with a potential initial operating capability (IOC) in the next several years. The missile will outfit the KF-X fighter jet, which is expected to enter service around 2026, according to a South Korean Agency for Defense Development (ADD) official quoted in Defense News. The official also noted that the long-range bunker buster cruise missile will derive from the technology acquired through South Korea’s procurement of the Taurus KEPD 350 missile from Taurus Systems. This would be South Korea’s first indigenous development of an air-launched cruise missile.