German air force gets air defense system

Nov. 28, 2012 at 8:35 AM

DUSSELDORF, Germany, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Rheinmetall's 35mm MANTIS air defense system was formally transferred to the German air force this week.

MANTIS is the acronym for the Modular, Automatic and Network-capable Targeting and Interception System for asset protection against low-flying aerial threats as well as incoming rockets, artillery and mortar rounds.

"Thanks to MANTIS, the German air force now has at its disposal the world's leading air defense system for asset protection," Bodo Garbe, a member of Rheinmetall Defense's executive board said at a handover ceremony. "It is a highly effective system, capable of countering a wide array of threats in future operational scenarios.

"Moreover, its open architecture design makes it a future-proof investment."

Rheinmetall said MANTIS has fully integrated into the German military's command and information systems.

MANTIS is based on Oerlikon Skyshield air defense technology, the company said, and is of modular design.

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