Rheinmetall Wins €83 Million Skyguard Fire Units Contract From MENA Nation

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  • 12:20 PM, March 4, 2014
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Rheinmetall Wins €83 Million Skyguard Fire Units Contract From MENA Nation
Skyguard. Photo Courtesy: Rheinmetall

A nation from the MENA region has placed a €83 million follow-on order from Rheinmetall for Skyguard fire units to expand its existing array of Oerlikon Skyguard air defence systems.

The existing basic contract, plus previous expansions, already accounts for sales volume of €582 million, meaning that the new order brings the total – including services and spare parts – to €665 million for this country.  

Very recent, Rheinmetall booked new orders for air defence systems from a European country and an Asian nation worth a total of €50 million. 

With its tried-and-tested 35mm Skyshield technology, Rheinmetall has set an internationally unsurpassed standard for excellence, particularly when it comes to defending public venues and critical civilian infrastructure such as power plants, dams and oil platforms from terrorist threats.

On behalf of the German Bundeswehr, Rheinmetall has developed the “Mantis” air defence system, which recently entered active service. The most advanced system of its kind worldwide, it reliably protects military installations such as forward operating bases and other vital facilities from incoming rockets, artillery and mortar rounds. 

Owing to their modular design, Rheinmetall air defence systems incorporate abundant built-in growth potential. Radar systems and guns can be deployed and redeployed on mobile platforms at short notice in line with evolving mission requirements. In future, moreover, in addition to 35mm automatic cannon, it will be possible to equip these systems with other effectors, e.g. antiaircraft missiles and high-energy lasers.

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