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Germany suspends production of Taurus missiles

Thomas Gottschild, head of German Taurus manufacturer, says production halted due to laws prohibiting “weapons in reserve”
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Germany suspends production of Taurus missiles

The head of the German subsidiary of the Taurus missile manufacturer Thomas Gottschild said that the production of Taurus cruise missiles has been suspended in Germany.

Since May 2023, Ukraine has been urging Germany to transfer its Taurus missile to the country to intensify the disruption of Russia’s rear logistics. The German leadership, however, has been hesitant to decide on the Taurus supplies, citing various reasons for withholding Taurus from Ukraine – from “avoiding escalation” and entanglement in the war with Russia to concerns that the missiles “could strike Moscow.”

The German outlet Augsburger Allgemeine reported, citing Gottschild, that the current German legislation “prohibits the production of weapons in reserve.” He said, “approval from the federal government based on orders is required.”

“The production line for Taurus and the equipment are still in place. We can start production of Taurus at any time. But for that, we will need a new order for this weapon,” said Thomas Gottschild.

He also emphasized that “the defense industry needs long-term orders.”

“We always point out to politicians that orders should be made a long time ahead,” Gottschild said.

The Bundestag recommended on 22 February that the German government provide Ukraine with long-range weapons.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz reportedly has to make the final decision. However, he rules out the possibility of transferring Taurus missiles to Ukraine.

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