Skyguard all-weather fire-control system "VELOS" © Konstantinos Panitsidis

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It's a short range mobile all-wheather anti-aircraft system, developed by Switcherland.
It entered service with the Greek Air Force in 1982. (there is an upgrade programme going on).

The system can follow up to 20 targets, with a simultaneous lock on of 6 of them and the capability to fire against them with 4 missiles or its guns.
The system consists of:
One Super Giraffe Radar
Two Skyguard Radar
Four twin OERLIKON guns 
Four SPARROW RIM-7M missile launchers

“Arrow” Anti-aircraft system / Super Giraffe

“Arrow” Anti-aircraft system / Super Giraffe © Konstantinos Panitsidis“Arrow” Anti-aircraft system / Super Giraffe © Konstantinos Panitsidis

Command and control center system VELOS (Arrow) ; Manufacturer: Ericsson; Type: Early warning radar; Coverage: 360ο; Range: 40 km; Crew: 4 

"Arrow" Anti-aircraft system Skyguard

Skyguard © Konstantinos PanitsidisSkyguard © Konstantinos Panitsidis

Manufacturer: Oerlikon contraves; Type: Fire control radar; Radar systems: Search and tracking radar and TV camera; Coverage: 360ο; Range: 20 km; Crew: 2


Anti-aircraft system / GDF-002

GDF-002 Oerlikon © Konstantinos PanitsidisGDF-002 Oerlikon © Konstantinos Panitsidis

Type: Autocannon; Manufacturer: Oerlikon Contraves; Caliber: 35 mm; Performance: Effective range: 4 km; Max range: 6 km; Rate of fire: 1100 (2 x 550) rounds/min; Crew: 4


"Arrow" Anti-aircraft system - Sparrow RIM-7M

Sparrow RIM-7M © Konstantinos PanitsidisSparrow RIM-7M © Konstantinos Panitsidis

Manufacturer Raytheon; Type: Quadruple RIM-7M missile launchers; Guidance system: semi-active radar; Number of missiles: 4; Performance: Max speed: 2,5 Mach; Max range: 16 km; Dimensions: Length: 3,66 m; Diameter: 0,20 m; Weight: 234 kg; Warhead weight: 39 kg; Crew: 1 


PHOTOS Anti-aircraft system Skyguard III "VELOS"