Saab Receives Order for Taurus KEPD 350 Stand-Off Cruise Missile Components

Saab has received an order from TAURUS Systems GmbH for deliveries of components and hardware to the Taurus KEPD 350 stand-off missile system.

The order value amounts to approximately SEK 236 million (USD 28 million) and deliveries will take place during the period 2019-2020.

The TAURUS KEPD 350 missile system is an advanced, modular stand-off missile system, with a range of more than 500 km, for precision strikes against bunkers and other hardened, deeply buried targets, as well as high-value point and area targets such as large radar stations. This order is a call-up of an option from a contract signed with TAURUS Systems GmbH in 2014 regarding deliveries of components and hardware. TAURUS Systems GmbH in Germany will carry out final missile assembly.

“The interest for this advanced weapon system is constantly growing and this order is in line with our business expectations. Many air forces around the world are currently looking for weapon systems that can penetrate dense air defences on the ground and engage a variety of land targets with high precision. TAURUS KEPD 350 is the right choice for many of these customers”, says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics.

The TAURUS KEPD 350 is a product of TAURUS Systems GmbH, a joint venture between MBDA Deutschland GmbH and Saab Dynamics AB, for the development, production and global marketing of the TAURUS stand-off missile family for long-range precision strikes.

The missile incorporates stealth characteristics and has an official range in excess of 500 kilometres (300 mi). Taurus is powered by a turbofan engine at Mach 0.8–0.9 and can be carried by Tornado, Eurofighter Typhoon, Gripen, F/A-18, and F-15K aircraft.

The double 500-kilogram (1,100 lb) warhead, called Mephisto (Multi-Effect Penetrator HIghly Sophisticated and Target Optimised), features a precharge and initial penetrating charge to clear soil or enter a bunker, then a variable delay fuze to control detonation of the main warhead.

The missile weighs about 1,400 kg (3,100 lb) and has a maximum body diameter of 1 metre (3.3 ft). Intended targets are hardened bunkers; command, control, and communications facilities; airfield and port facilities; AMS and ammunition storage; ships in port or at sea; and bridges.

The missile also includes counter measures as a self-defence mechanism. The missile is in service with Germany. Spain and South Korea.

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