EADS/LFK presents Taurus KEPD 350 at ILA 2004
Berlin, 10 May 2004
“Recently our precision stand-off guided missile system Taurus KEPD 350 has proven its full system capabilities under operational conditions in the final system verification campaign at the Overberg test range in South Africa. Within the framework of the campaign the complete mission sequence from mission planning to high precision combat of a bunker target was successfully demonstrated. The missiles and the mission planning system were identical to the series configuration”, said Werner Kaltenegger, CEO of EADS/LFK, at a meeting with customers which took place alongside ILA 2004.
Taurus KEPD 350 has had an extremely short development time, which began in 1998 and has resulted in a precision stand-off weapon system with unique capabilities. Delivery of the Taurus KEPD 350 missiles from series production to the German Luftwaffe will begin as scheduled in November 2004.
The stand-off guided missile system Taurus KEPD 350 has been integrated on the IDS Tornados of the German Luftwaffe and is later planned for the Eurofighter in its air-to-ground role. It allows among others the precise combating of high-value, stationary military point targets. The Luftwaffe is therefore able to combat heavily defended targets without exposing its aircraft and crews to enemy air defences (precision and stand-off capability).
The verification campaign was led by Wehrtechnische Dienststelle 61 (Test Centre) with the support of the German Luftwaffe and TAURUS Systems GmbH (TSG). Apart from the two free flights several captive flights, with different flight profiles and terrain formations were successfully performed.
For the free flights on 15 March and 18 March the flight paths and all other important mission data were generated with the world-wide unique Taurus KEPD 350 mission planning system and were transferred to the missiles with the Ground Loader Unit. Both missiles were safely released out of a twin configuration of the Tornado carrier aircraft; the first missile at a high flight altitude of approx. 25,000 feet and a speed of 0.67 Mach, the second one at a low flight altitude below 1,000 feet and a speed of 0.83 Mach.
“With the successful system verification campaign we have reached our ambitious aims and have completed the free flight campaigns of the development phase. This is in accordance with the assessment of our German customer”, said Dr. Wolfgang Blaschke, Managing Director of TSG.
On 8 August 2002 the Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) awarded the contract to TAURUS Systems GmbH for production investment, series production of 600 missiles and the establishment of logistic supportability for the precision stand-off guided missile system Taurus KEPD 350.
Taurus is also attracting great interest from export customers. Spain has a military requirement for a modern stand-off guided missile to arm its Eurofighters and also wants to use this on its F/A 18 aircraft. In the past, the Spanish Air Force has carried out successful captive flights of Taurus KEPD 350 on its F/A 18 aircraft and has spoken in favour of the missile. Sweden, Canada and Australia are also interested in the precision stand-off guided missile system.
TAURUS Systems GmbH, with registered offices in Schrobenhausen, is a joint venture between EADS/LFK-Lenkflugkörpersysteme (two thirds) and SAAB Bofors Dynamics (one third) set up for the development, production and global marketing of Taurus precision stand-off guided missile systems.
The Business Unit EADS/LFK develops and manufactures guided missile systems and is an integrated part of the EADS Defence and Security Systems Division (DS).
With revenues of approx. € 5.2 bn in 2003 and roughly 24,000 employees across nine nations, DS forms the defence pole within EADS. It offers integrated systems solutions to the new challenges confronting armed forces and homeland security units. It is active in the areas of military aircraft, missile systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems with manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), battlefield management systems, defence electronics, sensors and avionics, and related services.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2003, the Group generated revenues of € 30 bn and employed a workforce of more than 109,000.
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