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Two countries order Rheinmetall air defense systems

Rheinmetall supplying air defense hardware to two unidentified countries.

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Richard Tomkins
A 35mm air defense gun by Rheinmetall of Germany. Photo courtesy of Rheinmetall
A 35mm air defense gun by Rheinmetall of Germany. Photo courtesy of Rheinmetall

July 25 (UPI) -- Germany's Rheinmetall reports receiving two new orders for air defense system hardware and services for the air forces of two countries.

The two orders are worth a combined total of more than $250 million, the company announced on Tuesday.

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A new customer country ordered two Skyguard 3 air defence systems, a third-generation system for protecting critical facilities and infrastructure from very short ranges.

Each system consists of a Skyguard 3 fire control unit as well as two 35mm Oerlikon Twin Gun GDF009 automatic cannons, Rheinmetall said.

A second country -- a longstanding customer -- ordered 35mm Skyguard 1 fire units. Its order included 35mm ammunition, simulators, and on-location training.

Deliveries will occur through 2021 and follow-on orders are expected in the future from both countries.

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