The system is designed to shield important infrastructure and military units from attacks by helicopters and aircrafts at low and ultra-low altitudes, but it can also be used against cruise missiles.
Now there is the first recorded shooting down of an air target with this anti-aircraft gun during the Russo-Ukrainian war.
German anti-aircraft self-propelled artillery “Gepard” shoots down a Russian cruise missile.
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— Ukrainian Air Force (@KpsZSU) December 6, 2022
Gepard SPAAG is a German-made anti-aircraft self-propelled gun. The system is designed to directly cover ground forces and protect important infrastructure.
Gepard is capable of striking aerial targets at distances from 100 m up to 4 km and at altitudes up to 3 km, flying at a speed of up to 350-400 m/s, as well as ground (surface) targets at a range of up to 4,500 meters.
Two 35mm Oerlikon KDA automatic guns and two radars that determine the target at a distance of up to 15 km, are installed on the turret, which is capable of making a full turn.
The German system has an automated fire control system. It takes into account atmospheric pressure, air temperature, and humidity, as well as wind speed and direction. All this allows you to save time.
Currently, 30 such anti-aircraft self-propelled guns have been transferred to Ukraine by Germany, but Berlin will send an additional seven Gepards to Ukraine.
Source: Defence Industry Europe/mil.in.ua