S. Korea Plans To Develop Long-Range Air-to-Ground Missile For KF-X Fighter Jets

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S. Korea Plans To Develop Long-Range Air-to-Ground Missile For KF-X Fighter Jets
S. Korea Plans To Develop Long-Range Air-to-Ground Missile For KF-X Jets (Yonhap News)

South Korea is planning to develop its own indigenous long-range air-to-ground missile that will be fitted onto the country’s KF-X fighter jets.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) plans to start its research on relevant missile technologies from 2018 with a plan to produce some 200 air-to-surface Taurus-class missiles until 2031, Yonhap reports Wednesday.

The missile will be developed by mid-2020s and this project is estimated to cost 810 billion won ($695.2 million).

The missile will be modelled after the Taurus which has a 500-kilometer range and can be fired from the country's F-15K. It is known to be capable of hitting the capital city of Pyongyang when fired from a plane flying over Daejeon, 164 kilometers south of Seoul.

The military is currently deploying the German long-range air-to-ground missile within this year.

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