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2024-04-03

Rheinmetall to Supply Skyranger Air Defence System to Austria

Austria recently awarded Rheinmetall a significant air defence project. The contract encompasses the Skyranger air defence system and will reportedly be worth around millions of euros, with delivery to commence in 2026.

The Skyranger is a turret solution that can be mounted on a variety of suitable vehicle platforms, including the 6x6 GDELS Pandur EVO.
 
Under the project, Rheinmetall is serving as a subcontractor of GDELS, the vehicle maker tasked with upgrading Austria’s fleet of Pandur wheeled armoured vehicles. 
 
As part of Austria’s Pandur fleet, 36 vehicles will be equipped with the Skyranger turret, giving them mobile air defence capability. Skyranger combines sensors with a high-performance 30mm automatic cannon and guided missiles like the Mistral.
 
Rheinmetall specialists designed a special lightweight version of the Skyranger 30 that can be readily integrated into the GDELS Pandur. The Skyranger 30 effectively counters current and emerging aerial threats to ground forces, enabling them to focus on their prime tasks.

A combination of different effectors, maximum mobility, a large elevation range and modern sensors enable autonomous and networked operations. 
 
The Skyranger 30’s breakthrough in Austria sets the stage for further advances in Europe. Orders from Germany, Denmark and Hungary are reportedly expected soon.
 

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