Rheinmetall is set to deliver ROSY Smoke Obscurant Systems to two NATO members states- Belgium and Portugal.
126 systems will be delivered to Spanish defence contractor URO Vehículos Especiales S.A. (UROVESA) starting this month. UROVESA will install the systems in 126 out of 139 VAMTAC protected patrol vehicles purchased by the Portuguese armed forces in July 2018 via the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). Deliveries are scheduled to be completed in March 2020, the company said in a statement Wednesday.
Pre-series delivery to Belgium begins in May 2019. Rheinmetall is acting as subcontractor for the British company Jankel, which is supplying the Belgian Army with the Light Troop Transport Vehicle, or LTTV. All 199 of the vehicles are being prepared for integration of the system, in addition to the supply of control units and launchers for 167 vehicles. Series production commences in February 2020 and will be complete the same year.
ROSY provides protection from surprise attacks by creating a wall of smoke/obscurant that renders vehicles invisible to the enemy. It produces instantaneous multispectral interruption in the line of sight and generates a dynamic smoke screen that provides moving assets with protection.
The system's multi-mission capability offers defence against multiple assaults, including stream and wave attacks. ROSY wards off TV-, EO-, IR-, IIR-, laser- and SACLOS-guided weapons.
ROSY is available in a number of different versions. Fundamentally suitable for vehicles of all types, ROSY_L encompasses a basic system consisting of one control unit per vehicle as well as one to four launchers which, depending on the model, can hold two or three magazines each.
The modular variant ROSY_Mod lends itself to small weapon stations and small vehicles of the kind used by special forces, for example. ROSY_Mod can be directly and invisibly integrated into the vehicle without a launcher. ROSY_N was specially developed to provide small naval and coast guard vessels with effective protection.