TAURUS Systems GmbH delivered the first lot of TAURUS KEPD 350K stand-off missiles to the South Korean Air Force (RoKAF) in a ceremony Friday.
TAURUS Systems GmbH is a joint venture of MBDA Deutschland GmbH (67 percent) and Saab AB (33 percent). The ceremony occurred at the joint venture’s headquarters in Schrobenhausen, Bavaria and included participation by representatives from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and the RoKAF.
The TAURUS KEPD 350K is an enhanced and upgraded version of the TAURUS KEPD 350 missile. The 350K is a modular stand-off missile system for precision strikes and is designed to fly through dense air defenses at a very low terrain-following level and for engagement of high-value targets, TAURUS Systems said.
“The missile contains a highly effective dual stage warhead system, which combines excellent penetration capabilities for hard and deeply buried targets with blast-and-fragmentation capabilities against point and area targets,” the joint venture said in a statement.
The precursor 350 missile system has been in service with the German Air Force since 2005 and Spanish Air Force since 2009.
TAURUS Systems said the KEPD 350K program is progressing according to the plan and the integration of the missile to the Korean Air Force F-15K fighter aircraft is in the final stage.