Rheinmetall's Skyranger 30 for German Forces on Boxer Platform

Rheinmetall’s Skyranger 30 for German Forces on Boxer Platform

Rheinmetall, a renowned name in defense technology, has secured a crucial contract with the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) to supply the highly advanced Skyranger 30 mobile air defense system. This strategic agreement, valued at €595 million, encompasses the delivery of a prototype along with 18 series production vehicles, with an option for an additional 30 systems. The prototype is slated for delivery by the end of 2024, underscoring Rheinmetall’s commitment to timely and efficient project execution.

Closing Capability Gaps with Skyranger 30

The Skyranger 30 serves as a pivotal solution to address existing capability gaps in mobile air defense. With its unparalleled combination of mobility, protection, flexibility, and precision, the system is adept at tackling evolving challenges across short- and very short-range threat spectrums. Designed as a hybrid solution, the Skyranger 30’s turret integrates a potent array of weaponry, including the highly effective 30mm x 173 KCE revolver gun, surface-to-air missiles, and a comprehensive sensor suite, all housed on a single platform.

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Key Features and Versatility

One of the standout features of the Skyranger 30 is its adaptability to various customer requirements. Equipped with Stinger missiles for the German Armed Forces, the system can also be configured with modern guided missiles like the Mistral or special C-UAS missiles. Its advanced sensor capabilities and Rheinmetall’s programmable airburst ammunition make it particularly effective against drone threats. Additionally, the system’s seamless integration into the 8×8 Boxer wheeled armored vehicle ensures optimal mobility and protection for mission-critical operations.

International Interest and Expansion

The Skyranger 30 has garnered significant international interest, with Austria being the first customer to order thirty-six systems. Several NATO and/or EU member states have expressed interest or initiated procurement processes, highlighting the system’s global appeal and cutting-edge capabilities. Rheinmetall’s collaboration with Hungary, Lithuania, and Denmark further underscores the system’s versatility and potential for integration with various armored vehicle platforms.

Advancements in Testing and Development

Recent live fire field trials of the Skyranger 30’s functional demonstrator in Switzerland have yielded valuable insights, streamlining the fabrication and integration processes for the German verification model. These advancements underscore Rheinmetall’s commitment to continuous improvement and innovation in defense technology.

The Boxer Platform A Versatile Foundation

The Skyranger 30’s integration into the Boxer platform enhances its operational flexibility and effectiveness. Developed by an international consortium and managed by OCCAR, the Boxer vehicle’s modular design allows for seamless integration of mission-specific modules, further enhancing its multirole capabilities.

Rheinmetall’s partnership with the Bundeswehr to supply the Skyranger 30 on the Boxer platform represents a significant stride in enhancing Germany’s air defense capabilities. With its cutting-edge features, adaptability, and international appeal, the Skyranger 30 is poised to set new standards in mobile air defense systems, ensuring enhanced security and preparedness for the German Armed Forces and its allies.

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