Rheinmetall presented SkyRanger 35 air defense systems on the Leopard 2 chassis – Ukraine will receive them on another tank platform

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Rheinmetall представил системы ПВО SkyRanger 35 на шасси Leopard 2 — Украина получит их на другой танковой платформе

Rheinmetall представил системы ПВО SkyRanger 35 на шасси Leopard 2 — Украина получит их на другой танковой платформе

At the Paris arms exhibition Eurosatory 2024, the German defense concern Rheinmetall presented the SkyRanger anti-aircraft complex 35 on the chassis of the Leopard 2 tank, as reported by Militarny. In previous versions, the warhead of the air defense system was installed on the original armored Boxer chassis.

The tank platform allows the SkyRanger 35 to navigate difficult terrain alongside other tanks and heavy tracked armored vehicles, making the system a complete combat air defense system. The more durable chassis will also support additional equipment that can improve target detection and surveillance, as well as additional ammunition.

The SkyRanger 35 has a 35 mm GDM-008 cannon capable of firing 1,000 rounds per minute. The turret allows the optional installation of a launcher of two Mistral or Stinger missiles. The ammunition consists of 252 rounds, which are available in various ranges, in particular, there are cartridges with a radio detonator. The installation detects small targets using an AMMR radar; five antennas “see” the space at 360 degrees. Additionally, there is a passive detection system FIRST. The main purpose of the installation is attack or reconnaissance drones.

Rheinmetall представил системы ПВО SkyRanger 35 на шасси Leopard 2 — Украина получит их на другой танковой платформе

Defense Express notes that the Leopard 2 chassis is in short supply and is unlikely to be in large numbers. Rheinmetall's capacity to produce new chassis is also limited. As an example, a contract for training Leopard 2 for the Bundeswehr is given, which was postponed until 2026-2029.

The Bild publication, whose correspondents visited the secret repair plant of Rheinmetall, learned about the company's ability to install the SkyRanger 35 turret on Leopard 1 tank platforms.

Rheinmetall представил системы ПВО SkyRanger 35 на шасси Leopard 2 — Украина получит их на другой танковой платформе

“We plan to stay in Ukraine in the long term. We are not just delivering equipment and then withdrawing it, we are showing that we will be there permanently and will support Ukraine. And we have further plans, among them: a heavily armored version of the Skyranger anti-aircraft system for Ukraine. There are many more Leopard 1 main battle tanks on whose chassis we could install a Skyranger turret with a 35mm automatic cannon,” says Björn Bernhard, Head of Ground Systems at Rheinmetall.

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The concern is currently repairing heavy armored vehicles in Ukraine, in particular Leopard 1 tanks and Lynx infantry fighting vehicles, which the plant is able to restore after damage to the chassis by a mine in three weeks. In the future, Rheinmetall will also produce the new Lynx infantry fighting vehicle in Ukraine, and will build an ammunition plant.

Rheinmetall представил системы ПВО SkyRanger 35 на шасси Leopard 2 — Украина получит их на другой танковой платформе

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Prospects for Ukraine to receive SkyRanger 35 air defense systems on the Leopard 2 chassis are minimal, but the same installations based on Leopard 1 — quite a real thing. Moreover, they will be able to be manufactured in Ukraine. In addition, Rheinmetall has a wide range of weapons, including the GMARS — MLRS presented at Eurosatory 2024. analogue of HIMARS and M270.

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Rheinmetall представил системы ПВО SkyRanger 35 на шасси Leopard 2 — Украина получит их на другой танковой платформе

Rheinmetall представил системы ПВО SkyRanger 35 на шасси Leopard 2 — Украина получит их на другой танковой платформе

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