Rheinmetall to Modernize Air Defence System of an International Customer

An international customer has awarded Rheinmetall a multimillion-euro order to modernize its Skyguard air defence systems. The order is worth €390 million. Delivery will take place between 2017 and 2020.

A key element of the modernization programme consists of equipping the missile/gun air defence systems with advanced radar technology. The customer country’s air defence corps will thus have at its disposal the most advanced version of the tried-and-tested Skyguard system, which is designed to engage aerial targets at medium to very short ranges.

Besides a new search radar, the Skyguard systems will be outfitted (among other things) with a new target tracking radar, a latest-generation friend-foe identification system as well as cutting-edge electronic warfare components. The missile launcher will be upgraded with a new state-of-the-art electronic pod, which will enhance the system’s missile capability. Furthermore, logistical support will also be improved.

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Just awarded, the contract underscores on the one hand the importance of the Skyguard system in high-performance air defence networks, and on the other the high regard enjoyed by Rheinmetall as a centre of excellence for ultramodern air defence solutions.

Source: Rheinmetall AG
Date: Feb 2, 2016