Seoul Conducts Live-Fire Drills to Practice Bombing Key Pyongyang Facilities

© AFP 2022 / YONHAP This picture taken by the Republic of Korea Air Force on January 10, 2016 and released via Yonhap news agency shows a US B-52 Stratofortress (C) flying with South Korean F-15K fighter jets (bottom) and US F-16 fighter jets (top) over South Korea
This picture taken by the Republic of Korea Air Force on January 10, 2016 and released via Yonhap news agency shows a US B-52 Stratofortress (C) flying with South Korean F-15K fighter jets (bottom) and US F-16 fighter jets (top) over South Korea - Sputnik International
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South Korea conducts drills involving German Taurus KEPD 350 and F-15K Slam Eagle fighter jets to practice precision bombing of North Korean key facilities.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Seoul has successfully carried out its first live-fire exercise with the use of German Taurus KEPD 350 air-launched cruise missile, local media reported Wednesday.

The exercise took place in the southern Chungcheongnam-do province on Tuesday with the participation of F-15K Slam Eagle fighter jets, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing the South Korean Air Force.

The drills were aimed at practicing precision bombing of North Korean key facilities as well as at testing the integration of the German missiles with South Korean fighter jets, the media outlet said.

Seoul plans to accelerate its deployment of the Taurus missile for strengthening its military air power amid the continuing missile and nuclear tests by Pyongyang, according to Yonhap, citing the South Korean military procurement agency Defense Acquisition Program Administration.

CC0 / axesofevil2000 / A Taurus KEPD 350 cruise missile. (File)
A Taurus KEPD 350 cruise missile. (File) - Sputnik International
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A Taurus KEPD 350 cruise missile. (File)
© AFP 2022 / YONHAP This picture taken by the Republic of Korea Air Force on January 10, 2016 and released via Yonhap news agency shows a US B-52 Stratofortress (bottom R) flying with South Korean F-15K fighter jets (top) and US F-16 fighter jets (bottom L) over South Korea
This picture taken by the Republic of Korea Air Force on January 10, 2016 and released via Yonhap news agency shows a US B-52 Stratofortress (bottom R) flying with South Korean F-15K fighter jets (top) and US F-16 fighter jets (bottom L) over South Korea - Sputnik International
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This picture taken by the Republic of Korea Air Force on January 10, 2016 and released via Yonhap news agency shows a US B-52 Stratofortress (bottom R) flying with South Korean F-15K fighter jets (top) and US F-16 fighter jets (bottom L) over South Korea
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A Taurus KEPD 350 cruise missile. (File)
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This picture taken by the Republic of Korea Air Force on January 10, 2016 and released via Yonhap news agency shows a US B-52 Stratofortress (bottom R) flying with South Korean F-15K fighter jets (top) and US F-16 fighter jets (bottom L) over South Korea

Taurus KEPD 350 is a high precision long-range air-to-surface missile produced by Taurus Systems, a joint venture of Germany's MBDA Deutschland GmbH and Sweden's Saab Bofors Dynamics and used by Germany and Spain alongside South Korea.

South Korea received its first Taurus KEPD 350 missiles in October 2016 and is currently in the course of deploying a total of 170 missiles on its soil. According to media reports, Seoul wants to order another 90 Taurus missiles from Germany.

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