The new standard in long-range precision attack
Airborne stand- off weapons are defined by their range, lethality and accuracy. To sit at the ‘ top table’ when it comes to mission success, a weapon must excel in all three categories. To have long range but a poor effect on the target is meaningless! To trade accuracy for destructive power is also a poor compromise! The Taurus KEPD 350E, a product of Taurus Systems GmbH, a joint venture between Saab and MBDA Germany, delivers an unparalleled combination of performance parameters: long range and intelligent flight behaviour, a devastating combination of warhead and fuse technology, plus an extremely accurate and highly redundant guidance system for pin-point attacks.
In addition, the KEPD 350 is platform independent. It has been successfully integrated on a wide range of aircraft and there are no technical limitations or security restrictions to stand in the way of future integrations on new aircraft types. The missile is already in service or available for use on the Panavia Tornado IDS, Boeing F/A-18 and F-15. Integration flights with Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab Gripen have also been carried out. The KEPD 350E is designed for use with tactical fast jets, but studies have shown that other launch methods are possible. The missiles could be carried by and launched from transport aircraft, for example, and there is also the potential to develop ground- and shiplaunched versions.
The Taurus KEPD 350E has an operational range of more than 500 km, the longest in its class. This gives users flexibility, and also increases the survivability of the launch platform. The missile can fly safely at low altitude thanks to its excellent navigation system. Complex, low-level flight behaviour coupled with a stealthy airframe design make the missile hard to detect and defend against.
The Taurus tandem warhead system weighs 480 kg. It comprises a shaped pre- charge and penetrator, to defeat hardened and deeply buried targets as well as protected, reinforced concrete structures. The KEPD 350 is an intelligent stand- off missile with a layer- counting and void- sensing fuse that delays detonation by sensing empty space so the warhead explodes only when it accurately penetrates a target. Because it has a prefragmented warhead the Taurus can also be programmed to attack area targets such as airfields, air defence systems, missile batteries and even ships in harbour.
The navigation system of the Taurus KEPD 350E is one of its most important features. Known as TriTec, it consists of IBN ( image- based navigation), TRN ( terrain- referenced navigation) and MIL-GPS (military Global Positioning System), which are supported by INS (Inertial Navigation System). IBN utilises aerial/satellite image data plus coordinates of specific regions located along its flight route. Once launched, the navigation system identifies its current location by scanning the terrain with its IR seeker. It compares the results with the image data and coordinates loaded into the missile before launch. Most importantly, the KEPD 350E will navigate to its target even if one or two of the navigation systems are jammed or made unavailable. The missile is not dependent on GPS, for example, and is capable of accurately adjusting its routeto-target depending on what navigation and target data is available on a specific mission. In this way, a single KEPD 350E can accomplish a mission that would require three to four missiles of another type.