UK's tool against Iranian drones: Ukraine will receive MSI-DS Terrahawk Paladin
The MSI-DS Terrahawk Paladin is a successful solution to the question of how Ukraine can cheaply shoot down Shaheds
This is reported be Defense Express.
The United Kingdom is providing additional weaponry and air defense equipment to Ukraine as part of a new military aid package worth GBP 100 million (about USD 123 million). The only specific weapon listed is the British manufacturer MSI's MSI-DS Terrahawk Paladin system. An unspecified number of similar systems were ordered as part of a 70 million pound (about USD 86 million) contract.
What kind of system is MSI-DS Terrahawk Paladin?
The MSI-DS Terrahawk Paladin system is a traditional anti-drone solution that combines an automatic gun with a digital fire control system and a radar capable of recognizing targets in all weather situations.
A certain difference of the complex is that it is made in the form of a platform that can be transported by truck or installed permanently.
The 30-mm Mk44 Busmaster II, which is capable of using programmable fuzes, is employed to destroy targets. According to the creators, if deployed, the range of destruction of an air target is up to 2 km from 600-800 meters.
"The SATOS optical sighting station, developed by MSI, is responsible for the accuracy of fire, which has a thermal imager and a laser rangefinder. The fire control system supports auto-tracking of the target. The MSI-DS Terrahawk Paladin radar component includes four radars with AFAR, which allows for a simultaneous 360-degree view," Defense Express writes.
The system is operated via remote consoles, and the photo shows how the system may be handled by only two individuals, one of them is in charge of assessing targets and the other of destroying them.
The MSI-DS Terrahawk Paladin can also include additional methods of destruction, such as semi-active laser-guided missiles like APKWS.
"Thus, this system, especially in combination with programmable munitions, is a rather effective answer to the issue of economic destruction of such threats as Shahed-136 aircraft," the company notes.