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Taurus KEPD 350  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 903
Unitary Cost: USD$1,000,000
Also Known As: Taurus KEPD 350K
Origin: Germany and Sweden
Corporations: MBDA and Saab
Parent System: Taurus KEPD
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 903
Total Cost: USD$600 million
Family Members: Taurus CL, Taurus HPM, Taurus KEPD 350 L, Taurus M and Taurus T
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Description: The Taurus KEPD 350 is a high precision standoff weapon designed to penetrate dense air defense systems to destroy high value, hardened, stationary and semi-stationary targets. It was developed by Taurus Systems GmbH, a EADS/LFK GmbH (67 percent) and Saab Bofors Dynamics (33 percent) joint venture, based in Schrobenhausen (Germany) to meet the requirements of the German Air Force for a long range standoff weapon. Since, the weapon has evolved into a family of missiles that can be launched from a wide range of land, sea and/or airborne platforms. The guidance system of the Taurus KEPD 350 missile consists of a GPS/INS and terrain recognition navigation system and infrared (IR) imaging seeker for the terminal phase of the flight for enhanced positive identification and discrimination of the assigned target.

As a potential upgrade, Taurus standoff weapon could be fitted with a data-link allowing moving targets to be engaged precisely while providing feedback information to the weapon's operator. The data-link provides with an additional capability of assessment on whether the target was engaged successfully or not. Thanks to its modular architecture Taurus can be retrofitted at low cost and risks on further developments are avoided by the way. Once released, the Taurus KEPD 350 flies at low altitude avoiding the air defenses relying upon its sophisticated navigation system. When the Taurus missile arrives to the target area its imaging IR seeker provides the critical information to carry out the final attack to effectively kill the pre-programmed target. Its long range, at least 350 km, increases launching aircraft survivability against extremely heavily defended targets where a direct attack is too dangerous.

As of 2005, the Taurus missile was validated for release from the Tornado, Typhoon, F/A-18, Gripen, F-16, P-3C and F-111 aircraft. There are plans to develop special Taurus variants with different warheads and released from different platforms such as ships and ground vehicles. In addition to the Taurus KEPD 350, Taurus Systems GmbH has developed the Taurus CL for launch from ground- and sea-based platforms; Taurus HPM; Taurus M; Taurus KEPD 350 L; and Taurus T so far. The new variants of Taurus system were unveiled at the Paris Air Show 2005.

The Taurus KEPD 350 baseline model payload is one one Mephisto penetrator-warhead specially designed to penetrate hardened targets such as bunkers, fortifications or buried targets. On August 8, 2002, Germany ordered a first lot of 600 Taurus KEPD 350 missiles plus 14 training missiles for its Air Force with deliveries scheduled to begin in November 2004 through 2009. In November 2004, Spain became the first export customer ordering the Taurus missile for the Spanish Air Force's F/A-18 and Eurofighter aircraft. Sener will be the prime contractor for the Spanish Taurus missiles. On 24 June 2005, the Spanish government approved the acquisition of 43 Taurus KEPD 350 missiles for the Spanish Air Force EF-18 Hornet and Eurofighter/Typhoon aircraft. Thus, Spain became a partner for Germany on the integration of the Taurus missile onto the Eurofighter's weapon system.

Taurus KEPD 350 Applications

Combat Aircraft F-15K Slam Eagle Tornado IDS Typhoon Typhoon T

Taurus KEPD 350 Specifications

Height: 0.80 meter
Length: 5.10 meter (201 inch)
Width: 1.08 meter
Wingspan: 2.06 meter
Max Launch Altitude: 7,620 meter
Max Range: 500 kilometer (270 nautical mile)
Piercing in Concrete: 6 meter (19.7 foot)
Top Speed: 0.95 mach (1,136 kph)
Warhead: 113 kilogram (249 pound)
Weight: 1,360 kilogram (2,998 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Taurus KEPD 350 News

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19 Nov 2004 and 14 Mar 2018
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018South Korea Inks Deal for an Additional 70 Taurus Bunker Buster Cruise Missiles
Monday, April 17, 2017South Korea Speeds Up Development of KAMD Air and Missile Defense System
Wednesday, December 14, 2016South Korea to Build Own Long-Range, Air-to-Ground, Cruise Missiles by 2030
Friday, October 14, 2016Republic of Korea Takes Delivery of its First Taurus KEPD 350K Cruise Missiles
Wednesday, October 5, 2016Korea to Buy 90 Additional Taurus KEPD 350 Cruise Missiles
Thursday, January 16, 2014Eurofighter Typhoon Begins Flight tests with Taurus KEPD 350 Missile
Wednesday, November 20, 2013Typhoon Tranche 3 to Fly with Storm Shadow and Taurus Cruise Missiles by the End of 2013
Monday, December 6, 2010Final Taurus KEPD 350 Missile Handed Over to German Air Force
Thursday, November 22, 2007Spanish Air Force Receives First Two Taurus KEPD 350 Cruise Missile
Tuesday, June 19, 2007Taurus KEPD 350 Program Reaches 300 Units Delivered to Germany

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