Rheinmetall and MBDA to Integrate Small Anti Drone Missile Into Skyranger 30

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Rheinmetall and MBDA to Integrate Small Anti Drone Missile Into Skyranger 30

Rheinmetall and MBDA collaborate to integrate advanced drone defense technologies into the Skyranger 30, enhancing mobile defense against aerial threats.

Rheinmetall Electronics and MBDA Deutschland have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) at ILA 2024 to address existing gaps in mobile drone defense at short ranges. The partnership aims to integrate MBDA’s Small Anti Drone Missile (SADM) into Rheinmetall's Skyranger 30 and other military vehicles. This new guided missile, based on Enforcer technologies, is designed to effectively target small and medium-sized drones, offering high accuracy even at long distances.

The Skyranger 30, equipped with a 30mm cannon, provides mobile and efficient defense against airborne threats. Its combination of firepower, advanced sensor technology, and mobility makes it well-suited for short-range engagements. The integration of SADM will enhance its capabilities, allowing it to counter drone threats more effectively. 

The LOI outlines a long-term cooperation for integrating the missile into the Skyranger 30 and other Rheinmetall vehicles, developing and producing a launcher for various turret systems, and incorporating these systems into Rheinmetall’s digital architecture. 

The collaboration between MBDA and Rheinmetall reflects a response to the increasing importance of drone defense in modern conflicts. Thomas Gottschild, Managing Director of MBDA Germany, emphasized the need for effective solutions in this area, citing the challenges highlighted by recent conflicts. Timo Haas, Chief Digital Officer of Rheinmetall, noted that this partnership prepares them to quickly implement customer decisions, enhancing the Skyranger 30’s capabilities.

At ILA 2024, the SADM is showcased on the Skyranger 30 turret at the MBDA stand, location G3/001.

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