Visitors to IDEX 2023 were able to view Czech firm Excalibur International’s Multi-Layered Air Defence System (MLADS).

The ensemble consists of a multirole radar family, a C2 system produced by Czech company Retia and an air defence missile family manufactured by Roketsan of Turkey.

The air defence capability is currently under development and ‘partially in production’ for an undisclosed customer where Excalibur is acting as prime contractor and integrator, the company’s technical consultant David Roth and a Retia spokesperson told Shephard at the show.

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Shephard understands that the client is likely from a Middle Eastern country, and the system is set to be ready by 2025.

At the heart of the MLADS lies a medium-range missile system with a 25km range and a long-range missile system that can engage targets from 70km with its high-explosive fragmentation warhead.

Excalibur says the missile systems have a vertical launch capability and can be used against fighter jets, high-altitude bombers, UAVs, anti-radiation missiles and cruise missiles.

Against similar threats, Roketsan currently only offers the HİSAR Air Defence Missile, but this only has a 15km range. The company also sells its KHAN missile which can reach 80-280km, but these are only effective against land targets.

The system’s radar element comprises medium-range multirole and long-range multirole units with an instrumental interception range of 200km and 470km, respectively.

Both radars provide precision tracking in parallel with guidance of launched missiles, the Retia spokesperson said. They can operate in a rotating mode that covers 360 degrees for surveillance, or sector mode for missile guidance at 90 degrees.

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The open architecture C2 is designed to integrate with modern air defence system sensors and effectors seamlessly.

The core system components are placed onto a heavy-duty chassis, currently a Tatra 8×8.

The MLADS could benefit from missiles capable of engaging from longer ranges, however, Excalibur is likely to keep offering costs low and target countries with smaller budgets. Additionally, the system could serve as an inner layer of a larger air defence network.

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