Rheinmetall wins €220m orders to deliver air defence systems


Rheinmetall has received orders worth a combined €220m to deliver air defence hardware and related services to airforces of two unknown foreign countries.

The first order was placed by a new customer for two Skyguard 3 air defence systems designed for protecting critical facilities and infrastructure from current and future threats at very short ranges.

Each system is equipped with a Skyguard 3 fire control unit as well as two 35mm Oerlikon Twin Gun GDF009 automatic cannons.

The new customer is expected to place additional orders in the medium term.

As part of the second order placed by an existing customer, Rheinmetall will deliver 35mm Skyguard 1 fire units.

The tried-and-tested 35mm Skyshield technology will defend sensitive civilian sites and critical infrastructure from terrorist threats.

"Mantis is capable of protecting military installations and forward-operating bases from incoming rocket, artillery and mortar fire."

The order from the same country also covers 35mm ammunition, simulators, related test equipment, as well as training on location. Follow-on orders are expected to take place within the next five years.

Rheinmetall has developed the Mantis air defence system, which is a modified and improved version of Skyshield with six fully automated turrets, on behalf of the German Bundeswehr.

Mantis is capable of protecting military installations and forward-operating bases from incoming rocket, artillery and mortar fire.

Rheinmetall is said to be one of the world’s foremost makers of sophisticated air defence systems for short-range applications.

The company offers gun-based air defence, fire control technology, guns, integrated guided missile launchers and special Ahead airburst ammunition.