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KEPD 150
KEPD 350 MAW Taurus

KEPD 150 is a member of the TAURUS family of advanced long range, high precision stand-off weapon systems. It will provide the JAS 39 Gripen with an enhanced strike capability against a broad target spectrum. The accuracy and stand-off capability ensure highly effective weapons delivery while minimising the threat to aircraft and crew and largely avoiding collateral damage. The KEPD 150 successfully performed its first captive flight test on JAS 39 Gripen at the FMV Test Center in Linköping, Sweden, on 27 August 1998. The test was part of the definition phase contracted by the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV). The KEPD 150 can be operational with the JAS 39 Gripen within five years. KEPD 150 has a high degree of commonality with the MAW TAURUS – KEPD 350 being in full scale development at TAURUS Systems GmbH for the German Air Force TORNADO under contract from the German BWB.

The Swedish defense contractor Bofors is working with DASA on the development of a new cruise missile - the MAW Taurus KEPD 350, which will be fitted on the Tornado aircraft of the German Air Force. It can also be adapted for the Eurofighter. Delivery is scheduled for 2001. The project is managed by TAURUS Systems GmbH, a joint venture company owned by Dasa/LFK-Lenkflugkörper-systeme GmbH (67%) and Celsius AB, Bofors Missiles (33%). Whether the Taurus will be developed also for Sweden, which currently does not have any cruise missiles, is yet to be decided. The Taurus KEPD 350 is the first European Global Positioning System guided missile with large range (over 350 kilometers) against surface and point targets. The MAW Taurus possesses a modular avionics system, an infrared seeker, a Penetrator (Mephisto), and a turbo-fan engine for speeds greater than 0.8 Mach.

Specifications

Contractor Bofors + Chrysler-Daimler-Benz
Entered Service 2001
Total length
Diameter
Wingspan
Weight
Warhead Weight
Propulsion turbo-fan
Maximum Speed 0.8 Mach
Maximum effective range over 350 kilometers
Guidance mode
Single-shot hit probability




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