Danish armies choose Rheinmetall's short-range anti-aircraft Skyranger 30 turret

In March 2021, Rheinmetall presented the Skyranger system for the first time to the public, a short-range anti-aircraft and anti-drone turret armed with either a 35 mm (Skyranger 35) or 30 mm (Skyranger 30) cannon. can be carried by a medium armored vehicle like the Boxer, or a truck from 6×6.

With a combat weight of 2,5 tons for a crew of 3, the Skyranger turret implements, in addition to the gun, an anti-aircraft missile launcher that can accommodate 4 very short-range missiles such as the Stinger or the Mistral .

Its AESA radar has 5 flat-faced antennas to detect any aerial threat within a radius of 20 km for combat aircraft, 10 km for cruise missiles and 5 km for light drones and other wandering munitions.

Target identification is ensured by a high definition infrared camera, as well as a visible spectrum camera, which can be used either coupled with the radar, or independently for passive identification, the distance then being calculated by a laser.

The Skyranger 30 turret hosts a quadruple missile launcher that can accommodate very short-range anti-aircraft missiles such as the Stinger or the Mistral.
The Skyranger 30 turret hosts a quadruple missile launcher that can accommodate very short-range anti-aircraft missiles such as the Stinger or the Mistral.

Thus armed, the Skyranger in its 30 version, can set up a protection bubble of 8 to 9 km depending on the type of missiles used. A second bubble with a radius of 2,5 km completes it. It is formed by the gun with a high rate of fire and high clearance, armed with 1.200 30 mm Airbust-type shells equipped with a proximity fuze and releasing 160 tungsten balls projected at high speed towards the target.


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