Keeping the skies safe - 35 mm Air Defence Artillery logistic support[Johannesburg, 29 January 2019] -
In the late 1960s, the former SADF acquired a substantial quantity of Oerlikon 35 mm anti-aircraft guns, together with radar-guided, Super Vledermaus Fire Control Units (FCU).
The FCU gives the guns a remote operation capability that allows targets to be tracked by radar and fired upon by paired guns which form a battery of eight guns in total. Over time the guns have been upgraded and the FCUs have been replaced to ensure their continued effectiveness into the 21st century.
The latest upgrades were awarded to Rheinmetall Air Defence (RAD) of Switzerland. This involved the modification of the 35 mm guns to Mk 5A and Mk 7 status, together with the supply of the latest Skyshield radar sensor units and Gun Fire Control Posts (GFCP)... [Full Story...]