The Swiss-originated Oerlikon "Skyranger" is billed as a Mobile Air Defense System (MADS) is a weapons network developed around the qualities of mobility and modularity in a short-ranged fighting environment. For the former, the airspace denial weapons and related systems are situated atop an 8x8 Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) allowing for quick relocation of said system, providing an inherent amphibious capability for cutting across water sources, and the capability of cross-country traversing in keeping up with the main fighting force. For the latter, the Skyranger network constitutes a series of related weapons and systems operating from a singular multi-wheeled chassis for simplified logistics and operations.
The end-result is a complete, all-modern airspace denial network suitable for the defense of key installations such as airbases and bridges. The wheeled nature of all of the network's components ensures tactical flexibility in virtually any land fighting environment.
The vehicles in the family tree include the Skyranger Gun automatic cannon platform, the Skyranger Missile carrier, and the Skyranger Search Radar Control Node (SRCN) for advanced search-and-tracking. Skyranger Gun seats a 35mm Oerlion automatic cannon (based in the Rheinmentall Oerlikon GDM-008 "Millenium" weapon already proven as a naval Close-In Weapon System aboard warships) in the front turret face, offering complete 360 traversal of the main weapon as well as high/low elevation tracking. The Skyranger Missile carrier vehicle brings to bear 2 x Four-shot launchers (eight total missiles) mounted to either side of a traversing turret. Supported missile systems currently include the American "Stinger" and German-South African "Cheetah" for short-ranged airspace denial and contesting. The SRCN vehicle is outfitted with applicable search-and-tracking systems to aid in overall network accuracy, efficiency, and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF).
All turreted forms of the Skyranger system showcase unmanned turrets - reducing the committed operational crew. Trials chassis supporting the Skyranger system include the ARTEC "Boxer" and MOWAG "Piranha III" and "Piranha IV" series vehicles already in service worldwide.
The Skyranger, unveiled in 2009, is being actively marketed as of this writing (2019). Beyond its intended use as an airspace denial system, the Skyranger is equally-capable of engaging ground targets at-range.
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