New Chinese SKY DRAGON 50 medium-range surface-to-air defense missile system at AAD 2014 1809147

AAD 2014
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Africa Aerospace & Defence Exhibition

17 - 21 September 2014
Air Force Base Waterkloof, Centurion, South Africa
Sky Dragon 50 at AAD 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014 11:41 PM
New Chinese SKY DRAGON 50 medium-range surface-to-air defense missile system at AAD 2014.
Chinese defense industry presents Sky Dragon 50 at AAD 2014, a new medium-range surface-to-air defense missile system. The Sky Dragon 50 is the latest generation of air defence missile system developed by Norinco which has a maximum firing range of 50 km.
Main missions of SKY DRAGON 50 include area, essential and field air defense. It can effectively intercept high, medium, low and ultra-low altitude aerial targets, i.e. fixed-wing aircrafts, helicopters and UAVs, as well as engage and kill incoming cruise missiles.

Each SKY DRAGON 50 battery consists of one IBIS 150 3D target designation radar, one fire distribution vehicle and 3 to 6 launching vehicles (carrying 4 missiles each). In this configuration, SKY DRAGON 50 is capable of engaging up to 12 different targets by firing 12 individually targeted missiles within a matter of seconds.

Using a combat net radio, the launchers can be located 5km from the fire distribution vehicle. SKY DRAGON 50 is fully mobile and can be ready-to-fire at a new location 15 minutes after the vehicle comes to a stop.

Each SKY DRAGON 50 battery can operate autonomously, using local aerial situational information provided by the IBIS150 radar, as well as intelligence received from superior command & control systems. Having been upgraded to include intelligence fusion and situation synthesis equipment, the fire distribution vehicle can also direct two other SKY DRAGON 50 batteries to engage cooperatively in battalion-operation mode.