NBS MANTIS ⚔️ German Air Defense Protection System [Review]

NBS MANTIS ⚔️ German Air Defense Protection System [Review]


MANTIS is a very short-range air defence protection
system developed for protecting the forward-operating bases of the German Army in Afghanistan. Formerly known as NBS C-RAM (counter-rocket,
artillery and mortar), the 35mm fully automated air defence system has been developed by Rheinmetall
Air Defence for the German Bundeswehr. The NBS MANTIS short-range force protection
system will detect, track and shoot the projectiles within a close range of the target base. The German Army will be the first military
in the world to possess such defence against aerial threats. The MANTIS represents an important part of
the Bundeswehr army’s comprehensive future SysFla air-defence programme. In May 2009, the German Government ordered
two NBS systems for Bundeswehr from Rheinmetall. The value of the contract is €110.8m. Rheinmetall also has an option for documentation
and training services of about €20m. The company will also supply the ammunition
for the protection systems under a follow-on contract worth around €13.4m. The delivery of the NBS MANTIS systems to
the German Army was in 2011 and further batches are also being planned. The NBS MANTIS was developed in 12 months
on behalf of the German Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement. It was successfully live fire tested in real-time
operating conditions in Turkey in summer 2008. The MANTIS is specifically designed to defend
the forward-operating bases and protect other vulnerable military installations from rocket,
artillery and mortar attacks. The NBS MANTIS is equipped with six 35mm automatic
guns, two sensor units and a central command ground-control unit. The sensor system comprises of radar, effectors
and electro-optical sensors installed on the base perimeter. The MANTIS protection system is totally automated
and operates 24/7. A radar sensor in the control system recognises
missiles fired onto a base from about 3 km. The automatic process enables the guns to
fire on the threat instantly in the calculated flight path. The guns are capable of firing 1,000 rounds
per minute. The firing of the guns is based on mission-specific
programmable and air burst advanced hit efficiency and destruction ammunition, a technology developed
by Rheinmetall Weapons and Munitions, formerly Oerlikon Contraves Pyrotec. The ammunition has a payload of 152 tungsten
projectiles, weighing 3.3g each. The advanced hit efficiency and destruction
technology enables the air defence gun’s capability to track and destroy the aerial targets. The MANTIS gun fires 24 round burst, high-velocity
advanced hit efficiency and destruction rounds at the target’s intercept point. The projectiles from the gun are programmed
through a muzzle-based electromagnetic inductor. The technology activates and separates the
projectiles into 152 heavy tungsten metal spin-stabilised sub-projectiles as per an
electronic timer. The sub-projectiles of 3.3g each form a lethal
cone-shaped metal cloud in the flight path of the incoming target. The response time for the system to detect
and fire the target is expected to be 4.5 seconds. MANTIS’ control system is also capable of
tracking the location of the assailants along with the flight path and point of impact. The high-performance 35mm revolver gun with
advanced hit efficiency and destruction air-burst ammunition can also be integrated in several
air defence systems, including the Skyshield. The guns have been employed in successful
operations in NATO countries since 1996.

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