KEPDKinetic Energy Penetrator Destructor
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The TAURUS KEPD 350K programme is progressing according to plan and the integration to the Korean Air Force F-15K fighter aircraft is in the final stages.
TAURUS KEPD 350K is an enhanced and upgraded version of the TAURUS KEPD 350 missile, which has been in service with the German Air Force since 2005 and with the Spanish Air Force since 2009.
The TAURUS KEPD 350K is a modular stand-off missile system for precision strikes.
Work under these contract awards will be carried out in safe KEPD manufacturing facilities.
The Taurus KEPD 350 stand-off weapon system is a joint venture between LFK GmbH (LFK) and Saab Bofors Dynamics AB (SBD).
The German Federal Office for Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB) awarded a contract in July worth over $560 million to Taurus Systems GmbH (Schrobenhausen, Germany) for 600 Taurus KEPD 350 stand-off land attack missiles, as well as production and logistical support.
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.