Luftwaffe fired KEPD 350 AGM in a combined fire with ATACMS SAM
BERLIN ($1=0.93 Euros) — Panavia Tornado twin-engine, variable-sweep wing multirole combat aircraft of the German Air Force [Luftwaffe] has launched a target in Norway long-range air-to-ground missile Taurus KEPD 350, which has an impressive maximum range of 500 km. The shooting took place during the Stand-off Weapon exercise, which BulgarianMilitary.com reported on June 6, noting that a German corvette fired an RBS 15 Mk 3 anti-ship missile at a ground target, also in Norway.
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Six Luftwaffe Tornados took off from a base in Germany, accompanied by two Eurofighter Typhoon fighters and an A400M refueling aircraft. During the exercise, German Tornado attack planes fired a Taurus KEPD 350 air-to-ground missile in a combined fire with the US ATACMS and Tomahawks from the sea.
According to experts, the use of combined fire from the air, water, and land allows to increases the effectiveness of attacking heavily fortified targets. Hitting targets within the group in a possible conflict situation can prevent or even paralyze potential aggression, giving time to deploy more forces in the area of operations.
The Taurus KEPD 350 is a Swedish-German missile designed to be launched from air launchers. Its development was completed at the end of 2005 and in the same year entered service with the Luftwaffe. In addition to Germany, the missile is in service in Spain and South Korea.
This is an extremely precise long-range missile. It weighs 1,400 kg and is 5 meters long. Its diameter is just over one meter. It is powered by a Williams WJ38-15 turbofan engine and its wingspan is 2,065 m [6 ft 9.3 in]. The maximum range of the missile is over 500 km and it flies at a maximum altitude of 70 meters, developing a speed of Mach 1.
The missile is guided, the guidance system consists of IBN [image-based navigation], INS [inertial navigation system], TRN [terrain-referenced navigation], and MIL-GPS [Global Positioning System]. In addition to the Tornado fighter jet, this missile can be carried by the F / A-18, and F-15K. In recent years it has been tested and successfully worn by Gripen and Eurofighter Typhoon.
Forces from the United States, France, Britain, Denmark, Italy, Belgium, and Norway also reportedly took part in the Stand-off Weapon exercise, as well as Sweden and Finland, which are pushing for the North Atlantic Alliance.
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