Germany Considers Supplying Ukraine with Long-Range Cruise Missiles TAURUS KEPD 350: An Overview

Germany Supplies Ukraine with New Military Aid

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

Unofficial Proposal for TAURUS KEPD 350

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. The proposal was put forth by a German MP and former German officer who pointed out that the British Shadow missiles did not provide the required effectiveness. The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that on May 16 alone, its air defense shot down 7 British missiles of this type. Therefore, he suggested the transfer of longer-range missiles TAURUS KEPD 350 to Ukraine to the Spanish Parliament.


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

Flight Characteristics of TAURUS KEPD 350

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.

Carrier of TAURUS KEPD 350

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.

Price of TAURUS KEPD 350

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

Source: Russian newspaper

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