The Bundeswehr's Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) counter-rocket, artillery and mortar defence (C-RAM) system became operational in Mali on 24 January, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 26 January.
MANTIS sensors and an operations and fire-control post have been deployed to Mali in the “sense and warn” configuration, without the system’s 35 mm guns, to help protect the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) camp in Gao from conventional mortars, improvised artillery and unmanned aerial vehicles, according to the German MoD.
The ministry added that MANTIS makes it possible to determine where fire has come from more accurately than was the case before its deployment.
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