Rheinmetall announced on December 20 that it had secured a €30 million ($32 million) contract from Hungary for the conceptual development of the Skyranger 30 turret.
This turret is intended for use on the Lynx KF41 mobile air defense vehicle to meet modern air defense challenges, including drone attacks and other aerial threats.
The integration of the Skyranger system into the Lynx KF41 will result in the production of the future Lynx KF41 mobile air defense vehicle, based on Lynx infantry fighting vehicle.
The Lynx Skyranger 30 aims to combine a 30mm automatic cannon, surface-to-air missiles and an array of sensors on a single platform to create an effective air defense system compatible with various modern guided missiles, including the Mistral, Stinger and Chiron.
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Hungary bought 218 Lynx IFVs from Rheinmetall in September 2020 in a deal worth €2 billion, with the first delivery taking place in October 2018. In August 2023, Rheinmetall opened a Lynx IFV factory in Hungary, to support of Hungary’s rearmament and modernization programme.
The Skyranger 30 is intended to provide air defense in the short and very short range, with the conclusion that the system is intended to provide protection against the growing threat of drone attacks.
Armin Papperger, chairman of Rheinmetall’s executive board, said the Skyranger 30 makes a significant contribution to their customers’ defense capabilities, addressing evolving threats, including ballistic missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.
This project is part of the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI), aimed at strengthening Europe’s air defense capabilities, particularly for NATO member states. The initiative focuses on the joint procurement, development and maintenance of air defense hardware, including radar systems, automatic cannons and guided missiles.
The German military, under the Bundeswehr, is considering the procurement of about 20 Skyranger 30 systems to be mounted on the Boxer 8×8 wheeled armored vehicle, and Denmark has expressed interest in acquiring about 15 Skyranger 30 systems for integration into a different 8×8 wheeled vehicle armored vehicle.
The Skyranger 30mm turret has been presented by Rheinmetall in a demonstration of the PATH autonomous kit at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exhibition. The PATH A-Kit enabled the vehicles to operate autonomously and was installed on the M5 Ripsaw RCV, but is intended for various vehicle platforms.
Read the original at Defence247.gr