South Korea to Purchase 90 More Taurus Cruise Missiles

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On March 13, a South Korean official announced a contract to purchase 90 Taurus 350K long-range cruise missiles. “The contract was signed in late February,” said Kang Hwan-seok, spokesman for the ROK’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). This acquisition will supplement South Korea’s existing stockpile of 170 Taurus missiles, purchased in 2013. The Taurus has a range of 500 km while carrying a 500 kg high explosive warhead, and can be carried by the Republic of Korea Air Force’s fleet of F-15K fighter jets. The precision-guided Taurus is part of South Korea’s Kill Chain program to develop a capability against hardened North Korean command and control facilities, missile launch sites, and leadership shelters.