To address existing capability gaps in short-range mobile defense against drones, Rheinmetall Electronics and MBDA Deutschland signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) at ILA 2024. The companies plan to integrate MBDA’s Small Anti-Drone Missile (SADM) into the Skyranger 30 and other Rheinmetall military vehicles. Leveraging Enforcer technologies, this new guided missile provides an effective solution against small and medium-sized drones, ensuring high hit probability at long stand-off distances. Complementing this, the 30mm cannon on the Skyranger 30 offers highly efficient mobile defense against airborne threats by combining firepower, advanced sensor technology, and high mobility at shorter ranges. Together, these two weapons systems offer a perfectly balanced defense strategy.

The LOI aims for long-term cooperation on integrating the missile into the Skyranger 30 and other military vehicles, along with developing, producing, and integrating a launcher onto various turret systems and Rheinmetall’s digital system architecture.

Thomas Gottschild, Managing Director of MBDA Germany, commented, “The current conflicts have clearly shown that drone defence is one of the key challenges for armed forces. In order to provide the best possible solution, we are joining forces and building on our partnership with Rheinmetall and their turret solutions to close capability gaps in drone defence with the help of our Small Anti Drone Missile.”

“As the prime contractor for the Skyranger 30 system in Germany, the Small Anti-Drone Missile is an ideal and logical addition to the capabilities of Rheinmetall’s systems and vehicles. We are working in advance and are already creating the conditions for the industrial set-up in order to quickly implement the customer’s decisions,” said Timo Haas, Chief Digital Officer von Rheinmetall.

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