The Austrian armed forces have selected Rheinmetall’s counter-small unmanned aerial system (C-sUAS) for a six-month period of testing and evaluation.
In May 2022 Rheinmetall Air Defence AG shipped the latest version of its rapidly deployable C-sUAS to the Austrian military. The system comprises two shelter units, enabling rapid deployment on standard trailers and trucks.
The sensor unit elevates automatically and can be equipped with various detection technologies, including X-band and S-band radar, passive emitter locator, ADS-B receiver and others if required. An integrated, stabilized 360° electro-optical PTZ sensor provides state-of-the-art verification and tracking capabilities.
Based on the tried-and-tested Oerlikon Skymaster command and control system, the separate C2 shelter is a fully fledged operator workstation. Skymaster delivers an outstanding level of sensor data fusion and multiple operational functions, including scalability to integrated target cueing devices and effectors for different countermeasures as well as links to higher echelons.
The Austrian armed forces will put the Rheinmetall C-sUAS system through its paces at several locations in Austria, gaining valuable expertise and experience by simulating air base protection, integration into other military units and providing C-sUAS protection in urban areas – a wise approach give the proliferation of emerging aerial threats. A major highlight will be a public demonstration of the C-sUAS at the renowned AIRPOWER 2022 air show at Hinterstoisser Air Base, home of the Eurofighter, near Zeltweg, Austria.
Rheinmetall Air Defence stated that it will lend its support throughout the next six months to ensure that Austria gets the maximum benefit out of the project.