SkyRanger Self Propelled Air defense System

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Orlikon Contraves is developing an mobile air defense vehicle that utilizes its 35mm AHEAD system. The integrated system will be installed in a turret, which will include the gun system, and an electro-optical search and track system, providing passive, autonomous target acquisition capability. The system will also be integrated into a battlefield forward area air defense network, and receive targeting information via datalink, from remote radars and other sensors. The company unveiled the first prototype of the SkyRanger in Eurosatory 2004. Testing of the system are expected to continue for two years, and a final version will be ready field trials by mid 2006. The system is proposed as follow on for both eastern and western SPAA systems such as the Shilka ZSU-23/4.