South Korea capable of accurately targeting North Korea with Taurus long-range missile

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2017

South Korea has successfully carried out its first live-fire launch of a bunker-buster Taurus air-to-surface missile, significantly improving its ability to carry out pre-emptive strikes against targets in North Korea. The South Korean Air Force announced on Wednesday, that the missile accurately hit its intended target after being launched from an F-15K fighter jet over the coastal waters off Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do Province.

With a maximum range of more than 310 miles, the Taurus would be able to hit targets almost anywhere in North Korea from within South Korean air space.

With the maximum speed of 1,163 kph, Taurus' range expands to the entire North Korea if it is fired near the South Korean capital Seoul, putting any target in the communist country within a 15-minute reach of the weapon.

The Ministry of National Defense has told the parliament earlier in the month that it was planning the Taurus live-fire drill in response to North Korea's sixth nuclear test on September 3. The exercise comes in response to North Korea's recent nuclear test, and to see if the air force can properly integrate the missile, imported from Germany, with its local fighter jets.

The missile was sacked without an explosive device in consideration of safety in the affected areas and fishing ships were warned to avoid the exercise area beforehand, the Air Force also noted. To reinforce its air power against North Korea's continuing threats, South Korea plans to hasten its deployment of Taurus missiles, adding 90 more at the beginning of next month.

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