Air Defense Anti-Tank System
caption=ADATS test firing
Self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon
primary_armament=8 ADATS missiles
two-strokediesel General Motors/ Detroit Diesel6V53
crew=3 (commander, driver, system operator)
engine_power=212 hp (158 kW)
The Air Defense Anti-Tank System (ADATS) is a dual-purpose short range surface-to-air and anti-tank missile system based on the
M113A2 vehicle. It is manufactured by the Swiss company Oerlikon-Contraves, a member of the Rheinmetall Defence Group of Germany.
The ADATS came about as the result of an extensive competition during which it was selected by the U.S. Army for the Forward Area Air-Defense (FAAD) [ [http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/chaparral.htm MIM-72 / M48 Chaparral Forward Area Air-Defense System [FAADS
]] , Federation of American Scientists Web site. Accessed 2 January 2007.] program under the designation MIM-146 for the missile, but ultimately the FAAD contract was cancelled in the early 1990s after the end of the Cold War. It is currently in service with the Canadian Army and in Thailand(Shelter version ). The ADATS missile is a laser-guided supersonicmissile with a range of 10 kilometres, with an electro-optical sensor with TV and Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR). The carrying vehicle has also a conventional two-dimensional radar with an effective range of over 25 kilometres.
In September 2005, the Canadian Government and the
Canadian Forcesannounced a modernization program, transforming the ADATS and associated command, control and communications systems into a Multi-Mission Effects Vehicle (MMEV). Not only will the MMEV retain and enhance ADATS capability (85% or better engagement success rate) to meet new threats, but it will be mounted on a LAV IIIwheeled armoured vehicle. This will be fitted with a 3D radar, non-line-of-sight (NLOS) missile (using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to gather required intelligence and target location at a range of 8 km or more) and low-cost precision kill (LCPK) missile (fireable on direct shot at an 8 km+ range), based on a 2.75-inch rocket and advanced Battle Management Command and Control Communication Computer and Information (BMC41), including Link 11/16, to provide the third dimension to the ISTAR(Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance) infrastructure of the Army. The flexible ground-based multi-mission system will be providing military commanders with a homeland defence and expeditionary air, land, and maritime forces capability for ground-based air defence/ airspacecoordination and long-range direct fire/NLOS support for ground engagement to defend against asymmetric and conventional threats.
However, Canadian Forces Land Staff recommended in July 2006 for the Multi-Mission Effects Vehicle Project to be canceled, along with the
Mobile Gun System. The latter recommendation was followed upon by the new Minister of National Defence at the time Gordon O'Connor.
Multi-Mission Effects Vehicle(MMEV)will feature a wide array of weapons for different engagements. Its direct fire with low cost rockets will be able to take down direct targets at an 8+ km range with an astonishing damage effect as it will fire multiple rockets on targets. The promotional videos of the MMEV shows it firing eight rockets at a single target without missing once. Note that the dub target was not moving, but the attack left only small debris of the armor leaving no chance for any enemy vehicle encountered.
Its second ground-fire function features a guided
missile, again with an 8+ km range that is guided onto the target. This can be used to engage long-range targets such as light artillery but doing heavy damage. The non-line-of-sight capability allows the ADATS crew to use UAVs to spot targets under cover and fire its laser-guided missile over any obstacle.
The MMEV also features the regular ADATS air defence system which can fire at a 10 km range to engage
helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.
It is believed that two C6 machine guns will be mounted on the MMEV, for self-defence.
* Length: 2.05 m
* Diameter: 125 mm
* Launch weight: approx. 51 kg
* Speed: Mach 3+
* Range: 10 km
* Ceiling: 7,000 m
* Warhead: 12.5 kg
High explosive(HE) fragmentation/ shaped charge, impact and proximity fuze.
* Penetration: 900 mm
Rolled homogeneous armour(RHA)
* Guidance: Digitally coded
* [http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/lf/English/2_display.asp?product=65&more=65 ADATS] at the Canadian Army
* [http://www.oerlikon.ca/pub/capabilities/mmev.jsp ADATS/MMEV] at Oerlikon
* [http://www.rheinmetall-defence.com/index.php?fid=3734&qid=&qpage=0&lang=3&query=mmev Canada has announced its intent to acquire MMEV] at Rheinmetall
* [http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/adats.htm ADATS] at FAS.org
* [http://www.army-technology.com/projects/adats/index.html ADATS] at Army Technology
* [http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/m-146.html Oerlikon/Lockheed Martin MIM-146 ADATS] at designation-systems.net Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Air Force Space Surveillance System — Part of the master transmitter antenna at Lake Kickapoo, Texas c.2001. The Air Force Space Surveillance System, colloquially known as the Space Fence, is a multistatic radar system that detects orbital objects passing over America. It is a… … Wikipedia
Defense Satellite Communications System — The Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) provides the United States with military communications to support globally distributed military users. DSCS will be replaced by the Wideband Global SATCOM system. A total of 14 DSCS III… … Wikipedia
Marksman anti-aircraft system — T 55AM Marksman Finnish ItPsv 90 Type SPAAG Place of origin … Wikipedia
Serbian Air Force and Air Defense — Infobox Military Unit unit name= Serbian Air Force and Air Defense caption= Serbian Air Force dates= 1912 1918 2006 garrison= Zemun, Belgrade garrison label=AF HQ patron=Saint Elijah motto= For Freedom and Honor of the Fatherland sr. За слободу и … Wikipedia
Company C, 52d Infantry Regiment (Anti-Tank) — Company C, 52d Infantry Regiment Active 15 May 1917 – 1 September 1921 15 July 1942 – 13 … Wikipedia
Man-portable air-defense systems — An SA 7 in use Man portable air defense systems (MANPADS or MPADS) are shoulder launched surface to air missiles (SAMs). They are typically guided weapons and are a threat to low flying aircraft, especially helicopters. Contents … Wikipedia
37 mm automatic air defense gun M1939 (61-K) — Infobox Weapon name=37 mm automatic air defense gun M1939 (61 K) caption=61 K in Saint Petersburg Artillery Museum. origin=USSR type=air defense gun is ranged= is bladed= is explosive= is artillery=yes is vehicle= is UK= service= used by= wars=… … Wikipedia
Anti-aircraft warfare — Anti aircraft warfare, or air defense, is any method of engaging hostile military aircraft in defence of ground objectives, ground or naval forces or denial of passage through a specific airspace region, area or anti aircraft combat zone [ The… … Wikipedia
Anti-satellite weapon — Anti satellite weapons (ASATs) are space weapons designed to destroy satellites for strategic military purposes. Currently, only the USA, the former USSR and the People s Republic of China are known to have developed these weapons,with India… … Wikipedia
Tank — For other uses, see Tank (disambiguation). Tank A former British Arm … Wikipedia