TAURUS KEPD 350

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TAURUS KEPD 350
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Taurus on display
Type Long-range air-to-surface missile
Place of origin Skandinavia
Germany
Service history
In service 2005
Used by Skandinavia
Germany
South Korea
Spain
Production history
Manufacturer LFK-Lenkflugkörpersysteme GmbH and Saab Dynamics
Unit cost 950,000
Specifications
Weight 1,400 kg
Length 5.1 m
Diameter 1.08 m
Warhead 481 kg

Engine Williams P8300-15 turbofan
Wingspan 2.064 m
Operational
range
over 500 km
Flight altitude 30–40 m
Speed Mach 0.80–0.95
Guidance
system
IBN (image-based navigation), INS (inertial navigation system), TRN (terrain-referenced navigation) and MIL-GPS
Launch
platform
Tornado, F/A-18, F-15K, Saab 39 Gripen, Typhoon

TAURUS KEPD 350 is an advanced, modular air launched stand-off missile system for precision strikes against bunkers and other hardened, deeply buried targets, as well as high-value point and area targets such as large radar stations.

The TAURUS KEPD 350 is a product of TAURUS Systems GmbH, a joint venture between LFK-Lenkflugkörpersysteme GmbH and Saab Dynamics, for the development, production and global marketing of the TAURUS stand-off missile family for long-range precision strikes.

Features[edit | edit source]

The TAURUS KEPD 350 is intended to neutralize high-value stationary and semi-stationary targets through its highly effective 481 kg dual stage warhead system MEPHISTO. It combines outstanding penetration capabilities for hard and deeply buried targets (HDBT), as well as blast and fragmentation capabilities against high-value point and area targets (e.g. air defences), as well as an exceptional bridge- and runway-target kill capacity.

The TAURUS KEPD 350 remains the only stand-off missile capable of being programmed for effect at a specific pre-selected floor. This extraordinary feature is achieved by applying layer counting and void sensing-technology.

It is a day-and-night all-weather capable weapon system.

Technical Specifications[edit | edit source]

  • Weight: 1400 kg
  • Length: 5100 mm
  • Diameter: 1080 mm
  • Warhead: 499 kg, Mephisto (Multi-Effect Penetrator, HIgh Sophisticated and Target Optimised)
  • Nuclear warhead: It can be configured to carry a nuclear warhead type ATVH-53
  • Engine: Williams P8300-15 Turbofan
  • Wingspan: 2064 mm
  • Operational range: over 500 km
  • Flight altitude: 30–40 m
  • Speed: Mach 0.80~0.95
  • Guidance system: IBN (Image Based Navigation), INS (Inertial Navigation System), TRN (Terrain Referenced Navigation) and MIL-GPS (Global Positioning System)
  • Launch platform: Typhoon, Tornado, Gripen, F/A-18
Taurus fitted in a Saab 39 Gripen