The German LeFlaSys Self-Propelled AA Vehicle

About The German LeFlaSys Self-Propelled AA Vehicle

The light air-defence system (LeFlaSys), a cooperative development in which KMW holds a 50% stake, is used to protect ground troops, airports as well as communication and port facilities from air attacks by low-flying aircraft, helicopters and cruise missiles. The entire air-defence system comprises a weapon carrier (Ozelot based on Wiesel 2), a reconnaissance and fire control vehicle (Wiesel 2 AFF) and a battery command vehicle/air-defence support cell (Wiesel 2 UF/BF), as well as the workshop equipment (WSA).

The system is set apart by high mobility, low weight, protection, airportability in helicopters, as well as easy camouflaging thanks to a low silhouette. The system was developed for the specific requirement of crisis reaction forces. STINGER and IGLA guided missiles are currently available as armament, while MISTRAL and RBS 70/90 can be adapted.

The German LeFlaSys Self-Propelled AA Vehicle

Rheinmetall Defence Electronics, in conjunction with Saab Bofors Dynamics, have developed ASRAD-R which is based on the Saab Bofors Bolide missile and the Saab (formerly Ericsson) Microwave Systems HARD 3D search radar. The Bolide laser-guided surface-to-air missile has been developed from the RBS 70 and has a maximum range of 8km and altitude coverage of up to 5,000m.

The German LeFlaSys Self-Propelled AA Vehicle Operators

Series production of 50 weapon platforms, ten platoon command post vehicles and seven AFF battery command vehicles began in 2000. The German Army received its first platoon of the LeFlaSys air defence system in June 2001 and deliveries were completed by the end of 2004.

The German LeFlaSys Self-Propelled AA Vehicle

The Hellenic Army of Greece placed an order for 54 ASRAD systems armed with Stinger missiles in October 2000. The first was delivered in October 2004. Deliveries completed in 2006. The systems are mounted on HMMWV vehicles, modified by ELBO/AMG of Greece.

In August 2002, Finland placed the first order for 16 ASRAD-R systems, which are mounted on containers transported by Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG 5000 vehicles. First deliveries were in 2004 and were completed in June 2008.