What makes the Taurus rocket a hazardous choice?

Germany recently provided Ukraine with a new batch of military aid.

At the same time, the German Ministry of Defense received an unofficial proposal to supply Kyiv with a long-range cruise missile TAURUS KEPD 350.

A German MP and former German officer pointed out that the British Shadow missiles did not give the required effectiveness, since the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that on May 16 alone, its air defense shot down 7 British missiles of this type. Therefore, he proposed to the Spanish Parliament to transfer longer-range missiles TAURUS KEPD 350 to Ukraine.

It is noteworthy that the TAURUS KEPD 350 is a German-Swedish air-to-surface cruise missile designed to strike at the rear of the Russian armed forces and hit targets at a great distance. Its development began in 1994, and it entered service with the German, Spanish and South Korean armies after 2004.

It has an operating range of 480 km and is powered by a small gas turbine engine similar to the British Storm Shadow rocket engine.

The missile’s flight speed ranges from Mach 0.6 to Mach 0.95, approximately 1000 km/h, which is comparable to the speed of the Storm Shadow missile. Like the Storm Shadow, the TAURUS can fly at low altitude (30-50 meters) and perform maneuvers there. It was manufactured using Satells technology to hide from radar. The missile was equipped with an independent continuous navigation system, the characteristics of which are always modified by the GPS satellite navigation system.

The missile is carried by Tornado IDS, McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, Saab JAS 39 Gripen. As for South Korea, it adapted it to the American F-15 fighter.

The price of the rocket is about one million dollars, which is roughly equivalent to the price of a British rocket.

Source: Russian newspaper

Brice Foster
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