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Skyshield 35  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Mantis and NBS C-RAM
Origin: Switzerland
Corporations: Rheinmetall Defence
Parent System: Skyshield 35
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Skyshield 35 is an air defense system specially designed to counter high demanding threats such as unmanned, fast and agile aircraft. Usually, it comprises the command post, a fire control unit (Skyguard) and two 35mm 1,000-caliber guns. The command post can be set to a distance of up to 500 meters from the fire control unit. The 35mm guns, with a rate of fire of 1,000 rounds/minute, can fire Ahead programmable ammunition with optimized effects against small and high-speed threats such as missiles. Moreover, the Skyshield system can integrate surface-to-air missiles (one or two launchers) for extended air defense capabilities.

The Skyshield air defense system is intended to protect high value facilities from air attacks. It can be networked with other air defense systems to provide extended area air defense instead of point defense which is its primary role.

In March 2007, the German government selected Rheinmetall to develop a new air defense system known as NBS (Nächstbereichs-Schutzsystem) to protect its armed forces' bases from attacks using Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (RAM). The Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) weapon system is expected to be ready for deployment in the third quarter of 2009. In May 2009 Germany ordered two NBS weapon systems to protect its forces deployed in Afghanistan. A single weapon system consists of a highly automated operations/fire control center, two sensor units and six 35mm automatic guns.

Skyshield 35 Applications

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Skyshield 35 Specifications

Main Gun Caliber: 35 millimeter
Max Rate of Fire: 1,000 roundperminute
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Skyshield 35 News

There are 10 news between
3 Apr 2007 and 28 Feb 2019
Thursday, February 28, 2019Rheinmetall Completes New Laser Weapon Technology Test
Monday, April 23, 2018Undisclosed Asian Country Orders Skyshield Air Defense Systems
Tuesday, July 25, 2017Rheinmetall Awarded Two Skyguard Air Defense System Contracts
Thursday, March 27, 2014South Africa Buys Skyshield Air Defense Systems from Rheinmetall
Tuesday, February 11, 2014Rheinmetall Wins Major Orders for Skyshield 35 and Millennium Gun Systems in Indonesia and Europe
Monday, January 21, 2013Malaysia, Kuwait and Undisclosed Country Firm Air Defense Contracts with Rheinmetall
Monday, November 26, 2012German Air Force Takes Delivery of Mantis Air Defense System
Tuesday, November 22, 2011Rheinmetall Sucessfully Tests High-Energy Laser Weapon System
Tuesday, May 19, 2009Germany Purchases Two NBS Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar Weapon Systems
Tuesday, April 3, 2007Rheinmetall to Develop NBS C-RAM Weapon System

Operators & Related Equipment

NBS N�chstbereichs-Schutzsystem ordered in May 2009

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