Spain Buys Taurus KEPD 350 Cruise Missile

Released on Friday, November 19, 2004
F/A-18A Hornet
F/A-18B Hornet
Taurus KEPD 350
Typhoon T
nm - nautical mile
The Spanish Air Force will buy the Taurus KEPD 350 air-to-ground cruise missile for its F/A-18A/B Hornet and Eurofighter aircraft. The agreement was confirmed during a German-Spanish summit talks held in Spain by Germany's chancellor Gerhard Schroder and the Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on November 8.

This decision marks an important milestone for the Taurus KEPD 350 precision stand-off weapon program and start-ups the weapon acquisition by export customers. To date, this weapon produced by EADS has been ordered by Germany, roughly 600 missiles ordered in 2002, and now Spain as first export customer. Australia, Canada and Sweden are further potential export customers which are evaluating this weapon system.

Sener, which already produces the fin actuation systems for Taurus missiles ordered by Germany, will be the prime contractor in Spain for integration on the F/A-18, weapons acquisition and logistics support services needed by the Spanish Air Force. Taurus Systems GmbH, a joint venture EADS/LFK and Saab Bofors Dynamics, is the contractor for the Taurus precision standoff weapon program. EADS/LFK remains the prime contractor.

Taurus KEPD 350 standoff weapon has been designed to precisely engage heavily defended, stationary, high value targets without exposing the aircraft and crew to enemy air defenses that could shoot down the strike aircraft. The standoff range for Taurus is in excess of 300 kilometers (160 nm) depending on the release altitude, which is far out of range for current air defense systems worldwide.

The quantities and delivery dates of Taurus missiles for the Spanish Air Force have not been disclosed yet. The first operational Taurus missile is expected to be delivered to the German Air Force, Luftwaffe, in November 2004.


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