The German government appears to be discussing with defense group MBDA to supply the Taurus KEPD 350, a stealth missile with a range of 500 km, to Ukraine.

Spiegel magazine quoted an unnamed security source on August 11 as saying that the German government and defense group MBDA were negotiating the transfer of the Taurus KEPD 350 cruise missile to Ukraine. Terms of missile delivery have not been disclosed.

German authorities and the MBDA group have not yet commented on the information.

Taurus KEPD 350 is an aircraft-launched cruise missile and uses a stealth design. Each shell weighs 1.4 tons, has a range of 500 km and can fly at an altitude of 30-70 m at a speed of 1,100 km / h.

The missile uses a 481 kg MEPHITO dual warhead, capable of penetrating thick soil or concrete before detonating inside the enemy’s underground works. The main targets of the KEPD 350 are fortified bunkers, command and communication posts, airfields, harbors, weapons depots, warships and infrastructure.

Western experts say that if Germany approves the transfer of Taurus KEPD 350 missiles, this move will accelerate Ukraine’s large-scale counter-offensive campaign. The campaign has made only partial progress so far, while Ukrainian forces have suffered many losses.

Ukrainian infantry units, with their German-made Leopard 2 tanks, American M2 Bradley armor and other NATO-standard weapons supplied by the West, are struggling to break through the fortified defenses with dense Russian minefields.

In an effort to shape the battlefield to facilitate the operation, Ukraine repeatedly launched Storm Shadow/SCALP EG missiles with a range of 250 km, targeting the Russian military’s arsenal, fuel and command posts, and infrastructure civil as a road bridge.

Russia then struck a series of Ukrainian air bases in response.

France and Britain have provided long-range cruise missile aid to Ukraine, while Germany and the US have been more hesitant in this regard. Berlin fears the risk of an escalation of hostilities when it supplies Kyiv with weapons with a range of more than 500 km because they can be used to attack Russian territory.

Scholz’s government has delayed arms to Ukraine, even with Russia, due to fears of aid. Pressure from Washington and its European allies led Berlin to change its policy, providing more and more modern weapons and becoming the second largest arms donor to Kyiv.