1 x 35-mm (220 rounds)
Maximum slant range
Maximum firing range
Rate of fire
1 000 rpm
Skyranger anti-aircraft gun system was developed by Oerlikon
Contraves, a Swiss company, a subsidiary of the German Rheinmetall
Defence. It is a short-range air defense system, designed to protect
mobile units and stationary installations. This artillery system was
revealed in 2009. Currently the Skyranger is still under development, however a number of potential
customers have already announced their interest in obtaining this system.
The Skyranger unmanned
turret is a member of a whole modular family of air defense systems.
These include battle management, gun systems and missile systems,
that can form an air defense architecture. The Skyranger gun system
can also operate autonomously or in conjunction with existing
missile systems and fire control units.
The Skyranger gun system
can be mounted on lightweight wheeled or tracked armored vehicles.
First prototypes were integrated on MOWAG Piranha IIIH,
Piranha IV and
Boxer 8x8 armored personnel carriers.
turret is equipped with a 35-mm revolver gun,
which is based on successful 35/1000 revolver gun. It has a lot of
commonality with the previous Oerlikon Contraves 35-mm air defense
artillery systems. It has an dual feeding system, which gives the
operator choice of two types of ammunition. This air-defense system
is optimized to fire the company's proprietary 35-mm AHEAD (Advanced
Hit Efficiency And Destruction) ammunition. It is a self-programming
ammunition, developed to improve lethality of the previous GDF
series of twin 35-mm towed anti-aircraft guns. These rounds release
a cloud of sub-projectiles just ahead of the target, greatly
increasing the probability of a kill. Fewer rounds of ammunition are
required per kill, because of its effectiveness, permitting a
greater number of engagements. A typical engagement sequence
consists of 20 - 24 rounds. It is effective against small and fast
moving air targets. Effective range of fire is
about 4 km. The AHEAD ammunition is already in service with more
than 10 countries.
gun system is also
effective against ground targets and can be used as a fire support
weapon. It uses Frangible Amour Piercing Discarding Sabot (FAPDS)
rounds against ground targets. Range of effective fire is about 5 000 meters.
artillery system has a selectable rate of fire. A maximum rate is 1
000 rounds per minute. It is also capable of firing mini-bursts or
single shots. A total of 220 rounds are carried for the main gun.
Skyranger unmanned turret has an electro-optical tracking sensor,
which automatically tracks the targets, assigned either by the
control center, external radars, or targets acquired by its own
sensors. The passive sensor system consists of an infrared camera,
TV camera, laser rangefinder. It is an all-weather system, which
operates in day or night conditions.
Skyranger unmanned turret is operated by commander and gunner,
seated inside the vehicle hull. There is also a vehicle driver.
component of the Skyranger air defense system is a command post
vehicle, with reconnaissance radar and command system, which
provides battle management capabilities. It has a tracking range of
25 km. There is also a missile launcher. Manufacturer suggests,
that a typical Skyranger battery should comprise two gun systems,
one missile launcher and one radar/command vehicle. It is possible
to network up to six Skyranger gun or missile units depending on