Air Weapons: Stealthy Cruise Missile From Europe

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December 1, 2007: The Spanish Air Force has received the first two, of 43, TAURUS KEPD 350 cruise missiles, to be used on its 96 F-18 fighters. The TAURUS KEPD 350 is a stealthy 16 foot long missile weighing 1.4 tons. It's top speed is about 900 kilometers an hour and it has a range of nearly 1,000 kilometers. It carries a half ton warhead. It uses inertial guidance, terrain matching and GPS for navigation. For uses a high resolution infrared (heat sensing) radar to positively identify and hit the target (using a 3-D model of the target in its computer memory.) It can just use GPS to hit a target as well. Spain is the first export user of the TAURUS KEPD 350, but the European (German/Swedish) manufacturer expects to make sales to many users of the Eurofighter as well.

 


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