Networked Air Defence

Oerlikon Skynex® Air Defence System

Oerlikon Skynex® is the latest air defence concept of Rheinmetall and sets new standards with its unique and open architecture. The Oerlikon Skymaster® Command & Control System forms the centrepiece of the system. Various sensors and effectors can be linked in a modular way in order to fit mission requirements. Radars, such as the Oerlikon X-TAR3D® provide the air picture, which is consolidated in a remote control node. From there, air targets are assigned to autonomous effectors via the Skymaster network. Besides the high performance Oerlikon Revolver Gun® Mk3, missile based air defence means such as the Cheetah missile launcher can be integrated and controlled as well. Such a weapon mix provides a highly effective layered protection shield against a wide spectrum of air threats.

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Oerlikon Skymaster® Command & Control Systems

  • Made-to-measure solutions
  • Tactical and operational air defence networks
  • Multi-spectrum sensor netting solutions
  • Force multiplier at all command echelons
  • Increased effectiveness
  • *TRL 8

Oerlikon X-TAR3D® Tactical acquisition radar

X-TAR3D is a three-dimensional tactical acquisition radar working in X-band and performing the functions of short range search, detection, acquisition, tracking, classification and identification of air targets, in order to supply a three-dimensional local air picture to command and control network as well as track and threat data for cueing of fire control systems. X-TAR3D is specifically designed to achieve high performance against a wide range of air threats, from conventional air breathing targets (fixed wing, helicopters) to low and very low cross section objects like stealth and unmanned targets (UAV, cruise missiles), up to rockets and mortar rounds (C-RAM mission).

  • Modular design concept
  • Suitable for ground-based and ship-borne applications
  • Fully coherent phased-array pulse Doppler radar
  • 16 simultaneously receiving stacked beams
  • Digital beam forming
  • 25, 35 and 55 km instrumented range
  • *TRL 8

Oerlikon Revolver Gun® Mk3

The Oerlikon Revolver Gun® is able to receive and process data from 3D and 2D search radars. The integrated X-Band tracking radar allows an autonomous sector search function which makes target designation simple, fast and reliable. Tracking and engagement is calculated and executed automatically by the integrated fire control processor. Target designation and engagement is over watched and checked in a remotely positioned command and control center.

  • C-RAM capability
  • Flexible target designation with either a 3D or 2D search radar
  • Automated tracking
  • Remote charge and discharge function
  • Ahead technology
  • No setup needed because of the integrated sensor unit
  • Based on an ISO 1D carriage
  • All-weather capability
  • *TRL 7

Oerlikon Twin Gun® GDF009 TREO

Oerlikon Twin Gun® GDF009 TREO is equipped with a modern, network capable fire control processor and is able to receive and process data from fire control units as well as 3D and 2D search radars such as the X-TAR3D. It can be remote controlled or autonomously engage targets through its integrated sensor unit. The well approved trailer carriage with automatic alignment simplifies deployment and transportation.

  • Flexible target designation with either a 3D or 2D search radar
  • Automated tracking
  • Ahead technology
  • No setup needed because of the integrated sensor unit
  • Well approved trailer carriage
  • All-weather capability
  • *TRL 7

Oerlikon Laser Gun®

Owed to its state of the art architecture, Oerlikon Skynex® is able to integrate next generation effectors such as the Oerlikon Laser Gun®. This effector is equipped with weaponized laser modules which superimpose their beam onto the target. The multiplied output can be complemented by several laser guns on the same object.

  • C-RAM and C-LSS capability
  • Flexible target designation with either a 3D or 2D search radar
  • Automated tracking
  • Scalable lethality
  • No setup needed because of the integrated sensor unit
  • Based on an ISO 1D carriage
  • *TRL 6

The „Cheetah“ Missile

The new Denel Cheetah C-RAM missile is designed to be integrated into existing air defence systems. It complements cannon based systems and is capable of countering saturation attacks effectively. For cost effectiveness, the system will only attack targets with a pre-calculated point of impact within the protected area.

  • C-RAM capability
  • Flexible target designation with either a 3D or 2D search radar
  • Up to 60 missiles per launcher for countering saturation attacks
  • All-weather capability
  • *TRL 3

*The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) is a scale to assess the development stages which was introduced in 1988 by NASA and is nowadays considered a standard scale in development of future technologies.

TRL 1. basic principles observed
TRL 2. technology concept formulated
TRL 3. experimental proof of concept
TRL 4. technology validated in lab
TRL 5. technology validated in relevant environment
TRL 6. technology demonstrated in relevant environment
TRL 7. system prototype demonstration in operational environment
TRL 8. system complete and qualified
TRL 9. actual system proven in operational environment

  • Rheinmetall Air Defence AG

    Birchstrasse 155
    8050 Zurich
    Switzerland
    Phone: +41 44 316-2211
    Fax: +41 44 311-3154

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