Israel Aircraft Industries' SPYDER low-level quick-reaction surface-to-air missile Active Air Defence System is another alternative to combat pesky TAF planes and a much cheaper (operationally) and longer lasting option to the MiG-29s.
IAI claims the SPYDER (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby ADS) is 'capable of engaging aircraft, helicopters, unmanned air vehicles, drones and precision-guided munitions. It provides air defence for fixed assets and for point and area defence for mobile forces in combat areas', which is ideal for Sri Lanka.
The SPYDER-SR system has a 360° engagement capability and launch missiles in less than five seconds from target confirmation. The kill range is from less than 1km to more than 15km and at altitudes from a minimum of 20m to a maximum of 9,000m. The Medium-Range SPYDER-MR has a range of over 35km at altitudes from 20m to 16km.
Neighboring India has acquired several squadrons of SPYDERs since it was introduced into the market in 2006. The system is brand new and comes with a service-plan. Although the capital expenditure is initially high, the cost of maintenance is lesser than MiG29s or 2D Hundustani Radar that are passive air defence systems. Israeli weapons are accessible to Sri Lanka and are of higher quality; having been developed alongside NATO countries/technology.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Posted by Defencewire at 7:27 PM
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