The Austrian armed forces selected Rheinmetall’s counter-small unmanned aerial system (C-sUAS) to undergo a six-month trial and evaluation.
As part of the test and evaluation process, Rheinmetall Air Defence AG confirmed that it had delivered the most recent model of their rapidly deployable counter-small unmanned aerial system (C-sUAS) to the Australian military in May 2022.
According to Rheinmetall, the system is integrated with two shelter units which have been designed to support the system’s rapid deployment on trucks and trailers.
Meanwhile, the system’s sensors feature autonomous elevation and adjustable detection capabilities including X-band and S-band radars as well as passive emission location capabilities and ADS-B receivers.
The system also has an integrated 360-degree electro-optical PTZ sensor for tracking and verification.
Rheinmetall’s C-sUAS solution is supported by a separate command and control operation workstation, with the system based on the Oerlikon Skymaster. The C2 function fuses data from the battlefield environment which can be used to cue countermeasures.
The system is scheduled to be trialled on military bases throughout Austria, including at air bases and in urban areas to ameliorate the wide range of aerial threats.
It is hoped that the system will be showcased during Austria’s AirPower 2022 air show.
The same week, Rheinmetall confirmed that it had been awarded a €250 million (AU$373.5 million) contract to supply an undisclosed NATO country with components for force protection equipment.
This is expected to involve the provision of a range of individual passive ballistic solutions, including hard ballistic inserts for protective vests, and stand-off active protection systems for armoured fighting vehicles.
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The prime is set to commence delivery of the equipment in 2023, before completing the project in 2025.
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