Rheinmetall Wins Contract to Supply Skyshield Air Defence System to an Asian Customer

Rheinmetall announced that it won an order to supply an Asian country with the latest generation of its Skyshield air defence system.

The contract, booked in April of this year, is worth over €100 million. Production of the systems is already under way. Shipment will take place over the course of the next three years.

Besides reconnaissance sensors, 35mm fire units and the accompanying command and control equipment, the contract includes a comprehensive logistics and service package. Rheinmetall will be providing complete training for operators and maintenance personnel as well as technical assistance and live fire exercise support in the customer country. Moreover, local companies will take part in the project, including construction of buildings and vehicle procurement.

Oerlikon Skyshield

Rheinmetall said in a statement that the company attaches great commercial importance to this contract, with follow-up orders already on the horizon. It added that the current project underscores once again Rheinmetall’s globally leading role in the field of state-of-the-art short-range air defence systems.

Skyshield is a modular, light weight, ground-based, Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) system developed by the Swiss corporation Oerlikon Contraves (now a subsidiary of Rheinmetall of Germany).

The successor to the Skyguard defense system, Skyshield is intended to rapidly acquire and destroy threatening aircraft and missiles, as well as to fulfill a C-RAM (Counter- rockets, artillery and mortar) role.

Oerlikon Skyshield MOOTW/C-RAM system is designed to defend high-value civilian or military assets from RAM attacks, whether in “military operations other than war” (MOOTW) or even in high-intensity combat scenarios.

The weapons system itself consists of two 35 mm (1.38 inch) revolver cannons with a rate of fire of 1,000 rounds per minute, a fire control system made up of a sensor unit and a detached command post. The Skyshield can also use up to two surface-to-air missile 8-cell modules for an expanded air defense capability.

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