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Saab Dynamics awarded USD28 million contract for Taurus KEPD 350 components

09 April 2018
A computer-generated image of an RoKAF F-15K Slam Eagle launching a Taurus KEPD 350K stand-off precision missile. Source: Boeing

Taurus Systems GmbH has awarded Saab Dynamics a SEK236 million (USD28.12 million) for the supply of components and hardware for the Taurus KEPD 350 modular stand-off precision missile system.

Taurus Systems is a joint venture between MBDA Deutschland (67%) and Saab Dynamics AB (33%) for the development, production and global marketing of the Taurus family of stand-off precision strike missiles, and as such is the prime contractor for the missile.

In a statement, released on 4 April, Saab said, “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.

While not specified, the customer is most probably the Republic of Korea and the supply chain contract (between Taurus GmbH and Saab Dynamics) most likely reflects a contract option exercised by the ROK Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) on 13 March this year for an additional 90 Taurus KEPD 350K missiles to the original 180 ordered in November 2013. Saab will deliver the components and hardware for this order to Taurus Systems during the 2019-2020 timeframe, which will carry out final missile assembly in Germany.

The Taurus 350K is an enhanced and upgraded variant of the Taurus KEPD 350 day/night all-weather capable missile in service with the German Air Force since 2005, and with the Spanish Air Force since 2009.

Designed to penetrate adversarial air-defence architectures by exploiting a low level terrain flight profile, the baseline Taurus KEPD 350 is a Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) category 2 weapon, optimised for deep precision strike against hard and deep buried targets and high-value point and area targets.

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