Thales RAPIDFire 40mm Multi-Role Ground-Based Gun System


The RapidFire is a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun system developed and designed by the French Companies Thales, Nexter and the Anglo-French joint venture company CTA. The RAPIDFire 40 mm is mobile and can be adapted for fixed point defense or convoy protection missions. This mobile, multi-role weapon system is designed to respond to the new threats being encountered by armed forces today and in particular the low cost targets which can attack in swarms and can saturate conventional missile defences. With its powerful antiaircraft gun, high performance 3D radar and versatile C2 module, RAPIDFire is optimized to defeat all types of air threats including Fighter Ground Attack (FGA), helicopters or Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) and cruise missiles or precision guided munitions.. The RapidFire was unveiled for the first time at the edition year 2012 of the International Defense & Security exhibition, Eurosatory. Early 2014, the Rapidfire has performed successfully firing tests in southern of France against two unmanned aerial vehicles. The RapdiFire has demonstrated its ability to rapidly engage very small targets such as UAVs, which are becoming of increasing importance as a reconnaissance system, as well as carrying weapons.

Thales RAPIDFire 40mm Multi-Role Ground-Based Gun System