Velos System Ready for Delivery to Hellenic Air Force Successful Performance in Site Acceptance Test

  • (Source: Rheinmetall Defence)
  • 12:00 AM, October 10, 2008
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The Velos system is the air defence backbone of the Hellenic Air Force. In 2006 Rheinmetall Defence subsidiary Oerlikon Contraves finalized a contract to overhaul and upgrade the system so as to assure logistical support for the system in future, to train troops with advanced technology and simulators, and thanks to Ahead 35 mm ammunition to provide the Greek military with a unique capability against small targets such as cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and high-speed anti-radiation missiles.>> The radar's detection capabilities have been greatly improved, as has the complete human-machine interface technology. In addition, Oerlikon Contraves fitted the missile module with a new set of digital electronic pods.>> The Velos fire unit consists of a Skyguard fire control system that controls two Oerlikon 35 mm guns as well as two missile launchers equipped with the medium range Sparrow missile. A long-range SUGI radar coordinates the systems, and a Link-11B has been introduced for full integration into the Greek air defence system.>> The new Velos system has been fully qualified, including successful firing of the new Ahead ammunition against small drones.>> The live fire event took place at the NAMFI firing range. The first Velos system, consisting of two fire units, successfully passed the site acceptance test and is ready for delivery to the Hellenic Air Force.>> The programme was carried in close and successful cooperation with the Hellenic defence establishment.>> -ends->