European missile major MBDA, will commence deliveries of a second batch of Taurus stand-off cruise missiles later this year. “The original Taurus contract was placed in 2013, with a second batch of missiles ordered in 2018. Production of this second batch is on-going, with deliveries starting this year and concluding in mid-2020,” company officials inform Daily News.
MBDA is a long-term partner for the Republic of Korea Armed Forces, with missile programmes including Mistral, Sea Skua, Taurus, and now the programme to integrate Meteor on KF-X. “South Korea is a strategic market for MBDA, and – befitting a company whose purpose is to foster international co-operation – we are building partnerships with South Korean industry on a number of levels and actively seeking co-operation programmes,” company officials say.
The Taurus KEPD 350K is a modular stand-off missile system with a range of approximately 500 km. It weighs 1,397 kg and has been designed and developed to fly at a very low terrain-following level and is INS/GPS guided. Attack profiles include, pop-up, low pop-up, dive attack and air burst. Two Taurus KEPD 350K can be carried on an F-15K. The missile contains a highly effective dual stage warhead system, with penetration capabilities for hard and deeply buried targets and blast-and-fragmentation capabilities against point and area targets.
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