Abu Dhabi-based Halcon rolls out UAE’s first air defence missile
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Abu Dhabi-based Halcon rolls out UAE’s first air defence missile

Abu Dhabi-based Halcon rolls out UAE’s first air defence missile

Halcon’s SkyKnight was purposely designed to counter modern threats, providing early warning signals and precise surface-to-air intercept capabilities

Abu Dhabi-based HALCON, manufacturer of precision-guided systems, unveiled SkyKnight – the first UAE designed and manufactured counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) missile system.

The system was on display at the International Defence and Exhibition Conference (IDEX) 2021 taking place in Abu Dhabi.

Edge Group, parent company of Halcon, has been developing a short-range air defence system, as has Germany-based Rheinmetall, which was seeking a missile system to form part of its Skynex air defence system. Halcon has provided SkyKnight, the missile system, to the Oerlikon Skynex Air Defence System.

Halcon’s SkyKnight was designed to counter modern threats, providing early warning signals and precise surface-to-air intercept capabilities targeting of rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) rockets, artillery, mortar, and other fixed-wing aircraft at a range of up to 10km.

Faisal Al Bannai, Edge group CEO and managing director said: “SkyKnight is the UAE’s first, but will not be the last air defence missile developed by Halcon. It is one of several tremendous achievements announced as part of the nation’s aim to establish sovereign defence capabilities, and with the goal to address ever-evolving threats that are not well covered by many players in the market.

“We are pleased to team up with Rheinmetall, a leading player in the defence industry, for us to jointly offer the world’s most advanced and comprehensive C-RAM solution leveraging our SkyKnight missile and Rheinmetall’s Skynex solution. This collaboration is a clear message that EDGE is open to teaming up with various players to offer joint advance solutions.”

The Oerlikon Skynex air defence system comprises the Oerlikon Skynex control node, multi-sensor units (MSU) featuring active electronically scanned multi-mode radars (AMMR), multiple 35mm revolver guns RG Mk3 and Halcon’s SkyKnight C-RAM missiles and missile launchers, each of which has a capacity of 60 missiles.

Halcon’s C-RAM missile is capable of tracking and neutralising numerous, multi-directional incoming targets at one time, providing protection for static assets, as well as for mobile and mechanised forces. Transportable and mobile, the system can be deployed fixed on land, sea and moving land platform.

Armin Papperger, CEO of Rheinmetall said: “Rheinmetall Air Defence’s technologies are well suited to cover the recently shown gaps in ground-based air defence against very challenging new threats. Combined with Rheinmetall Denel Munitions capabilities in missile technology the cooperation of Rheinmetall and HALCON offers exciting new potential and a bright future.”

Rheinmetall, through its Swiss subsidiary, Rheinmetall Air Defence, has deployed the Skyguard system in numerous countries, which can bring down fast, small targets, and is used as the inner tier of layered air defence of vital points and critical military infrastructure. Nations that have rolled out Skyguard systems will ultimately upgrade to Skynex, using Halcon’s missile system.

The UAE Armed Forces signed a total of 11 deals worth Dhs7.293bn on day two of the ongoing International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) and the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX) 2021. The total value of all deals signed by the UAE Armed Forces at the exhibition stands at Dhs12.323bn.

Read: UAE Armed Forces sign over Dhs7bn deals on day two of IDEX and NAVDEX 2021

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