Ukraine to receive MSI-DS Terrahawk Paladin VSHORAD system

By Defence Industry Europe

The Armed Forces of Ukraine will receive a Terrahawk Paladin very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) system manufactured by the British company MSI Defense Systems. It will significantly increase the Ukrainian military's capability to counter drones and other aerial targets at very short distances. Terrahawk Paladin provides crucial support to bolster Ukraine's ability to protect its critical infrastructure.

According to the UK Ministry of Defence, the Terrahawk Paladin air defence system will be financed by the International Fund for Ukraine, established by the United Kingdom and Denmark in 2022. The system is part of the latest package of IFU support for Ukraine. The total value of the package exceeds GBP 100 million. This amount also covers crucial equipment to help Ukrainian soldiers cross minefields, bridging capabilities for river and trench crossings, and heavy-duty plant vehicles to destroy Russian non-explosive obstacles and assist in building defensive positions to protect Ukraine’s critical national infrastructure, as stated by the UK Ministry of Defence.


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The Terrahawk Paladin is a self-contained solution developed for enhanced mobility and deployability in close-range air defence. It is modular, remote-controlled, and re-deployable, designed to defend against close-range land, air, and maritime threats, demonstrating proven C-UAS and C-FIAC capabilities. The containerized system, with sensors and effectors mounted on a NATO-standard Demountable Rack Offload and Pickup System (D.R.O.P.S.), can be deployed on the ground with offset remote control for operator survivability (hard-wire or Line of Sight). To re-deploy, the D.R.O.P.S. module can be rapidly mounted on a military support vehicle (or trailer-based system) with the requisite space and payload capacity.



According to MSI Defense Systems, the Terrahawk Paladin system can be deployed as a singleton for point defence roles or as part of a network under a Combat Management System for wider area defence. This capability enables the Terrahawk Paladin system to fulfill a wide range of field roles, including protecting high-value targets, critical infrastructure, vulnerable points, and serving as a force multiplier for coastal and border protection, as stated by the British company.



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