Air-Launched Weapons

Taurus Systems offers KEPD 350E air-to-surface cruise missiles for JASDF’s F-2 and F-15 fighters

19 November 2019

Germany's Taurus Systems is offering its KEPD 350E air-to-surface cruise missiles for fitment onto the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's (JASDF's) fleet of F-2 and F-15J Eagle multirole fighters.

A company official told Jane's at the 18-20 DSEI Japan defence exhibition in Chiba that Taurus is looking to meet a requirement for air-launched stand-off missiles outlined in Japan's Mid-Term Defence Programme, which was approved in December 2018.

"We have provided information to officials from the Japanese Ministry of Defense about the KEPD 350E and are waiting to intensify discussions about operational requirements and local industry involvement," said the official, adding that the acquisition of the KEPD 350E would enhance Japan's national defence capabilities.

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