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Denmark picks Rheinmetall’s Skyranger for short range air defense

Illustration: Rheinmetall photo of a 30mm Skyranger system

Denmark’s defense procurement agency FMI has decided to base the new short-range air defense system for the Danish Army on the Skyranger system developed by German company Rheinmetall.

The Skyranger tower will be mounted on the Danish Army Piranha 5 armored vehicles but its exact configuration is yet to be determined.

What is known is that it will be equipped with a 30 mm machine gun, which according to Rheinmetall has an effective range of up to 3,000 meters.

The turret is designed to also mount short-range air defense missiles, but the Scandinavian country is yet to decide on the type of missile that will be installed.

Rheinmetall says the Skyranger’s modular design approach allows customized active or passive sensor configurations, including AESA radars, passive panoview systems and optronic packages.

Denmark says local defense major Terma will be responsible for integrating search radars, fire control centers and communication systems into an integrated air defense system.

“I am pleased that with the choice of the Skyranger we are acquiring the most modern air defense system for the Army. At the same time, other countries, including Germany, want to acquire the Skyranger, so we will be able to cooperate with other countries on training, ammunition, spare parts and continuous updates of the system. The next step is to select the anti-aircraft missile to be included in the system,” Lieutenant General Kim Jesper Jørgensen, head of Denmark’s defense procurement agency FMI, said.