KEPDKinetic Energy Penetrator Destructor
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Work under these contract awards will be carried out in safe KEPD manufacturing facilities.
For example, air-to-ground missiles to be cleared for tranche two include the new MBDA Brimstone anti-armour missile with millimetre-wave radar guidance, and both the MBDA Storm Shadow and the Taurus KEPD 350 cruise missiles (assuming that Germany proceeds with the latter programme).
Although the MBD Storm Shadow was awarded the British contract for an air launched cruise missile, there were claims that the technical winner had been the KEPD 350 Taurus.
Development of the KEPD 350 is due for completion in 2002.
The KEPD 350 being developed for the German Air Force has a TDW Mephisto tandem warhead.
The Taurus KEPD 350 missile was released from a German Air Force Tornado in late 2000 and completed its second free-flight test.