South Korea has successfully conducted its first live-fire exercise for Taurus, an advanced air-to-surface cruise missile, capable of attacking North Korea during a crisis.
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.
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.
Taurus has a maximum range of 500 kilometers, and a top speed of over one,one-hundred kilometers an hour.
If fired from Seoul, it can reach any target in North Korea within 15 minutes.
Stealth characteristics also allow Taurus to avoid radar detection.
It is capable of penetrating North Korea's bunkers as deep as 8 meters underground, while increasing the survival chances of pilots and aircraft, making the weapon a core part of the Kill Chain strategy, the military's on-going air defense plan.
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.
Military officials are also pushing for the deployment of Taurus' mid-level version '350K-2', which could be used by Korea's KF-16 and FA-50 fighter jets.
Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.