Rheinmetall has secured a contract from an undisclosed international customer to modernise an air defence system.

Under the terms of the agreement, the company will upgrade the nation’s Skyguard air defence systems enabling it to engage aerial targets at medium to very short ranges.

The upgrade programme will involve equipping the missile / gun air defence systems with advanced radar technology.

"The missile launcher will be upgraded with a new state-of-the-art electronic pod, which will enhance the system’s missile capability."

Additionally, the Skyguard systems will be fitted with a new target tracking radar, a friend-foe identification (FFI) system and 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.

Delivery under the contract will take place between 2017 and 2020.

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The contract is expected to improve the air defence capabilities of the customer nation with the upgraded version of the Skyguard system.

Besides air defence solutions, Rheinmetall manufactures automatic cannon, integrated guided missile launchers and ahead airburst ammunition.

Rheinmetall Defence air defence division provides automatic cannon-based air defence. It is the only system supplier to offer fire control technology, automatic 35mm cannons, integrated guided missiles and Ahead airburst ammunition.

More than 40 nations are currently using the company’s air defence solutions.

Last month, Rheinmetall received a contract to supply air defence systems to the Royal Thai Army.

Under the agreement, the company will supply four latest-generation Oerlikon Skyguard 3 fire control systems, as well as eight 35mm Oerlikon GDF007 Twin Guns, Ahead airburst ammunition, and additional support.