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    Dar el Kuffar

    The most interesting AA-Guns at the present day are :
    1.) NBS (Rheinmetall) MANTIS, an automated turret with the 35mm/1000 RPM Millenium Gun. The 35mm shells separate in 152 aerodynamic pellets in a pre-programmed manner just when entering the interception area. It may not shoot as fast as a double 30mm Gatling e.g. AK-630M2 or Kashtan but instead of 2x 5,000 RPM, you have 152,000 RPM in the end… Anything entering the range will have to go through a wall of metal. More classic 35mm shells can be used.
    MANTIS protects German bases, you have 6 turrets with FLIR, a remote command post and a radar.
    For sure it can easily be mounted on a truck, IFV or APC.
    It also retraces trajectory and gives coordinates for counter-battery fire.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xxcW8H1mfo

    2.) Oto Melara 76/62 Super-Rapid.
    This 76mm Navy-Gun is very common on ships, being used by 46 nations including India!
    But few know there is also a land version named Draco
    http://www.military-today.com/artillery/draco.jpg
    (well, I consider a biggest IFV or a truck would have been better : too few ammos loaded to my taste, nevertheless…). And that the guided DART ammunition allows to go after aerial targets at up to 8km with 80-120 RPM. It can intercept as low as 2m altitude, perform 40 manoeuvres. At 1200m/s, it’s twice as fast as a ManPADS. It still can be used as naval or land classic artillery or with the guided VULCANO shell able to hit with great accuracy at… 40km…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGPFn-KHESs

    Now it’d also surely be interesting to re-use the Bofors L/70 57mm in a CIWS/C-RAM turret context. The Bofors L/70 navy gun fires 200RPM and has an interesting magazine. With an effective turret and shells thought on the MANTIS or DART principles, L/70 still has potential, the gun is a classic, so is the old-school Zu-57-2 which also could be highly modernised

    In the classics CIWS/C-RAM, you also have AK-630M2 with 2x GSh-6-30 or the Goalkeeper (using the A-10’s gun).

    I don’t think I would trust Pantsir a lot, after several have been blasted by Israelis, especially the one where 2 missiles missed and which’s gun didn’t even reacted. Now, Syrian air defences personnels are far from being champions too… Nevertheless, in case of multi-layer air defences, my choices would be, at least on paper :
    1.) NBS MANTIS
    2.) OTO MELARA 76/62 Super-Rapid
    3.) Iron-Dome
    4.) Either David’s Sling or SAMP/T
    5.) Arrow-3, but maybe having S-500’s 77N6 missile or A-235, eventually RIM-161D SM-3 block-IIA…
    The problem with Russian systems being data-fusion to merge them into an IADS with non-Russian assets through stuff like Link-16 etc…
    e.g. as early warnings, I’d consider ONERA’s Nostradamus OTH as largest layer. as 2nd layer. As all OTHs, won’t work under 800km, nevertheless, you see a B-2 coming from 3000km and it’s the only 360° OTH, then, mounting a Nebo-M (VHF/AESA) on (or in, just like the Goodyear ZPG-3W AKA EZ-1C) blimp, maybe the Airlander 10 or 50 could do the job.
    Completing with the AN/TPY-2 on 400m high pylons like the Dimona radar or again, blimp mounted, could be interesting since this X-band AESA has huge range and allows seriously accurate targetting solutions.
    Now there are other interesting stuff like Don-2N (or its successor), AN/FPS-129, Voronezh, LRDR (Long Range Discrimination Radar), etc…
    It’d deserve a serious study. BTW, just think that Don-2N in US SIOP, would be targetted by 69 contiguous launches of nuclear ballistic missiles in case of war with Russia!!! Personally, I’d disguise such facilities in a way nobody would think it has such use 😉
    Now an IADS+A2/AD needs many other assets, and not only active radars and missiles… ONERA has many good ideas on the subject…

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