Ukraine is demanding German cruise missiles. Taurus for a very long time. Even after Ukraine received similar SCALP/Storm Shadow missiles, Germany refused to supply them. However, the mood has changed now and there are reports that Germany may consider supplying Taurus missiles to Ukraine in the near future.

The Taurus KEPD 350 is a highly capable air-launched cruise missile. The Taurus KEPD 350 is a highly capable air-launched cruise missile.

The Taurus KEPD 350 is a highly capable air-launched cruise missile. Image credit:Wikimedia Commons (CCB)

As early as 2023, there were rumors that Germany might decide to hand over the Taurus KEPD 350 to the Ukrainian Armed Forces after the Ukrainians politely asked for German cruise missiles for a long time. . But this decision was never made. German politicians had a thousand excuses, but in short, they are afraid of the spread of the geography of war in Ukraine and believe that they have too few Taurus KEPD 350 missiles to share with anyone.

Britain even tried to solve the latter problem by offering Tornado missiles in exchange for Taurus sent from Germany to Ukraine. German cruise missiles are more suitable for destroying concrete structures. But the Germans did not stop. So far.

The death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny seems to be forcing Germany to reconsider its position, and Taurus may soon become Ukraine’s destiny. Navalny was imprisoned for political reasons and died in one of the harshest Russian prisons in an arctic climate. He is believed to have been assassinated, having previously been assassinated for his activism and ability to rally Russians unhappy with the current regime.

Alexei Navalny died on February 16 and his body has not been returned to his family, which once again reinforces the belief that the story involves some degree of state foul play. Is. Navalny’s death caused an international outcry and may have prompted more military aid to Ukraine.

The Taurus KEPD 350 is a German cruise missile similar to the Storm Shadow and has been in service since 2006. It is launched by a jet fighter and has a range of over 500 km. The Ukrainians will likely launch these missiles from the wings of the Su-24, which is also used to fire SCALP and Storm Shadow missiles.

The Taurus is 5 meters long and weighs 1,400 kg, of which 480 kg is the weight of the warhead. Taurus is particularly effective in destroying bunkers and other concrete structures. For example, the bridge. And this capability will be incredibly useful for Ukraine.

The Taurus has a turbofan engine that allows it to reach a top speed of 1,162.8 kmph. Of course, this can only be achieved in the final stage of flight, but still, the Taurus is a very fast missile. And difficult to detect and shoot. And costly. Spain bought 43 such missiles in 2010 and paid 60 million euros for them. In total, there are only a few hundred (not a few thousand) Taurus missiles in the world.

By the way, this is another reason to believe that Germany may soon decide to supply Taurus to Ukraine. Earlier, Germany did not want to supply Ukraine with main battle tanks and said it would only do so if the US joined the International Tank Alliance with its M1 Abrams.

From then on the story was simple – the US gave Ukraine a good batch of Abrams, Germany supplied its Leopard 2 and Britain its Challenger 2 tanks. Now, the US is reportedly considering sending ATACMS ballistic missiles to Ukraine. This might be an incentive for Germany to give Ukraine Taurus cruise missiles.

written by Povelas M.

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