Rheinmetall Air Defence AG

About us

The Rheinmetall Air Defence AG is one of the world's leading manufacturers of state-of-the-art air defence and antiaircraft systems.

In the domain of cannon-based air defence technology, the company is the global leader and the sole single-source supplier of fire control systems, automatic cannon, integrated missile launchers and Ahead ammunition. The core competency of Rheinmetall Air Defence is the development and manufacture of advanced air defence systems as well as simulators and training systems.

In addition, Rheinmetall Air Defence offers innovative solutions in the domain of public security, for instance for drone defence.

The centre of competence and manufacturing in Zurich is also part of Rheinmetall Air Defence and partner of the industriy for mechatronics manufacturing, laser systems and engineering.


All air defence activities within the Rheinmetall group are concentrated under the leadership of Rheinmetall Air Defence AG. In order to strengthen its position in the world market, in 2009 Rheinmetall had changed the name from Oerlikon Contraves AG to Rheinmetall Air Defence AG. The established brand Oerlikon is continued.
Guarding against the threat from above

Systems & Products

Around the globe, the armed forces of more than 40 nations have come to rely on the multifaceted, automated and highly effective air defence solutions produced by Rheinmetall Air Defence. Among the company's best-known products are its widely introduced Skyguard twin-gun fire units, the Skyshield generation with its pioneering revolver guns, and the highly mobile Skyranger family, as well as the new, integrated air defence system Skynex. For Navy’s around the globe, self-protection systems such as the Millennium Gun and the Searanger remote controlled weapon station are available. Radars and electro-optical sensors complement the naval product portfolio.

In the domain of public security, Rheinmetall Air Defence offers drone defence systems as well as laser light modules for security forces. The competence in the field of laser products was expanded in 2016 with the integration of I.L.E.E. AG.

Rheinmetall Air Defence advises and assists customers on introducing new and existing weapon systems and on meeting their logistical and maintenance needs. Moreover, it provides the necessary training, and makes available combat upgrade packages for extending the service life of weapon systems. Ammunition, individual weapons and complete systems undergo rigorous testing and trials at the proving ground at Ochsenboden in Switzerland.

Moreover Rheinmetall Air Defence offers comprehensive life cycle management services, customer-oriented warehousing and shipping logistics. Experienced service engineers provide customers with technical support at every stage of the supply process.

Our product range includes:

Ground based air defence Naval air defence
  • C-RAM capable air defence systems
  • Mobile gun systems
  • 35mm and Ahead ammunition
  • Missile launchers
  • Radar systems
  • Fire control systems
  • Battle management systems
  • Naval gun systems
  • Ahead ammunition
  • Multi-sensor tracking modules
  • Three-dimensional search and acquisition radars
  • Target designation sights
Drone defence Laser solutions
  • C-LSS toolbox:
    • Drone detection
    • Drone identification and
    • Drone defence                       
  • Laser light modules for small fire arms
  • Target designation lasers
  • Infrared illuminators
  • Tactical lamps
  • OEM components
  • Industrial lasers and diode lasers
  • Training
  • Logistics / support
  • Upgrades and retrofits
  • Life cycle management

Competence Center Zurich

Partner of the industry for mechatronics manufacturing, laser systems and engineering

The centre of competence and manufacturiing of Rheinmetall Air Defence AG offers a broad service portfolio for the industry. Our international clients rely on our competence and expertise on highly complex, durable and robust systems. We have the necessary skills and know-how to offer complete solutions for the entire product life cycle; from the design phase until after sales support activities.

Our services

Further sites

Further units, sites and subsidiaries of Rheinmetall Air Defence AG:

Rheinmetall Air Defence AG is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland
Competence Center Zurich

Birchstrasse 155

8050 Zurich



Phone: +41 44 316-2211

Fax: +41 44 311-3154

Rheinmetall Platz 1

40476 Dusseldorf


Phone: +49 211 473-01

Fax: +49 211 473-4727

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