IDEX 2015

Sky Dragon takes aim [IDX15D4]

26 February 2015

China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO, Stand 10-E05) is aiming to export its latest Sky Dragon 50 medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to countries in the region.

For rapid deployment, all elements of the Sky Dragon 50 are mounted on a cross-country truck chassis, and the system takes about 15 minutes to come into action.

The main elements are the fire-distributing vehicle, target designation radar fitted with 3D antenna, and the actual 6x6 launcher, which has four SAMs in the ready-to-launch configuration. These are elevated prior to launch.

NORINCO is quoting a maximum target engagement range of between 3km and 50km, and from 30m to 20km in altitude, with targets including aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.

A battery would typically consist of six launching vehicles. The standard tactical formation is a battalion with three batteries.

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