Rheinmetall Defence’s Air Defence and Radar Systems Division is headquartered in Switzerland with affiliates in Germany and Italy. The company is of the world’s foremost makers of advanced short range air defence systems for land and naval applications and leads the global market in automatic gun-based air defence. As a unique system supplier of sensor systems, fire control technology, automatic air defence guns with Ahead airburst ammunition, integrated guided missiles and a full suite of command and control systems it can supply everything from a single source. In order to stay abreast with current and future missions, the company invests heavily in new technologies such as High Energy Lasers (HEL). Demonstrations of the advancements in recent years have proven to many customers that such weapons will be a major game changer and will allow to satisfy new requirements for air defenders on land and on water.
The successful change of the old GBAD paradigm, to engage the platforms before weapon release, to now ordnance based GBAD engagements has been achieved using the latest available technologies. The use of GBAD systems in Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW) another Rheinmetall Air Defence speciality, providing coherent command and control allowing to support such delicate missions in peace time environments. The protection of Forward Operating Bases against Rockets and Mortars is the latest addition in an impressive portfolio of inner tier ground based air defence products by successfully fielding the Skyshield C-RAM system with the German Air Force.