Rheinmetall has been awarded by a global buyer to produce air defence methods. The deliveries, which additionally embody ammunition and spare elements, are scheduled to be accomplished in 2024. The overall worth of the order is round €65 million. The methods ordered are Oerlikon Skyguard 3 with GDF009 twin weapons and airburst-capable AHEAD ammunition, additionally produced by Rheinmetall. The order is of nice significance to Rheinmetall. Not solely does it strengthen current buyer relations, nevertheless it additionally underscores the excessive diploma of confidence in Rheinmetall’s world-leading experience within the area of ground-based air defence.

The Oerlikon GDF or Oerlikon 35 mm twin cannon is a towed anti-aircraft gun made by Oerlikon Contraves (renamed as Rheinmetall Air Defence AG following the merger with Rheinmetall in 2009). It was developed within the late Fifties and is utilized by round 30 international locations. The GDF-009 mannequin relies on a four-wheeled carriage, and is raised off the bottom by three stabilisers when deployed within the firing place. It additionally options an automated levelling system that may compensate for a most tilt angle of as much as 7°.Mounted on the ahead a part of the carriage is the built-in battery, which features because the gun’s energy provide unit and will be recharged from an exterior supply if required.


AHEAD airburst-capable ammunition

The Skyguard combines state-of-the-art goal detection, monitoring sensors, refined fireplace management and ballistic computation with the dual weapons’ accuracy and excessive fee of fireside of as much as 1,100 rounds per minute. Firing Rheinmetall’s well-known Forward air burst ammunition, it could possibly take out even the smallest targets and gives wonderful saturation resistance as a result of massive variety of ready-to-fire ammunition rounds. Skyguard methods may incorporate an elective SAM module primarily based on the GDF’s mount and radar system however with the weapons changed by 4 missile canisters.

The Skyguard fireplace management system performs air surveillance, goal acquisition, calculation of the derivative-action values and management of the dual 35 mm weapons. Pulse doppler search radar, pulse doppler monitoring radar and co-axial tv digital camera are mounted on the roof of the towed trailer. Skyguard is operated by 4 individuals. The radar is deployed shortly by means of the usage of hydraulic methods for antenna erection. The trailer homes the crew of two and a small energy generator. A typical fireplace unit consists of two twin 35 mm gun platforms with a single Skyguard fireplace management radar.

Oerlikon GDF009 35 mm Oerlikon twin cannon
Oerlikon GDF009 35 mm Oerlikon twin cannon