Friday, November 30, 2012

Germany receives first MANTIS Air Defense System from Rheinmetall

The first Modular, Automatic and Network-capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) Air Defense System is scheduled to be deployed with the Flugabwehrraketengeschwader 1 (1st Air Defense Squadron) based in Husum, Germany.

Based on Oerlikon Skyshield air defense technology, the MANTIS is a short-range Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) system designed by Rheinmetall Defense to protect military sites and important civilian infrastructure from airborne threats.

Equipped with six 35 mm guns, two sensor units and a central command ground-control unit, the system can detect missiles at a range of 3 km. Each gun fires Advanced Hit Efficiency And Destruction (AHEAD) rounds, which release 152 tungsten projectiles in front of the target.

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