Austria Procures 36 Vehicle-Mounted Rheinmetall Air Defense Systems.

Skyranger 30 air defense turret. Image: Rheinmetall.

Austria has procured 36 Skyranger mobile air defense systems for its Pandur wheeled armored vehicles, 225 of which have been contracted from General Dynamics European Land Systems.

Worth a “figure in the mid-three-digit million-euro range,” the Rheinmetall system delivery will start in 2026.

Skyranger Air Defense System.
The system’s versatile turret combines a state-of-the-art sensor suite with a 30mm automatic cannon and Mistral guided missiles.

The cannon fires 1,200 rounds per minute with an effective range of 3 kilometers (1.86 miles).

It also features a command system that provides a local picture for threat evaluation.

It has been developed to counter aerial threats such as drones, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles, and loitering munitions.

Other Skyranger Countries
The purchase follows Austria’s decision to upgrade its stationary 35mm Skyguard Next Generation system for 532 million euros ($576 million).

Austria is the third country after Germany and Hungary to procure the system.

Denmark has also selected the system to address its air defense requirements.