Variants. R Crotale. HQ-7 (Chinese Variant). R SICA (Shahine). Crotale NG. Crotale Mk Role and Mobility, Short-Range Air and. Crotale NG (New Generation). It appeared in It is a much redesigned version of the basic Crotale. Missiles have a range of 11 km, maximum speed of. Series Model Variants • Crotale R – Base Variant • Crotale NG – Next Generation upgraded version • Crotale – Modernized Crotale launcher system.

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Missile Missile length 3 m Missile diameter 0. The origins of this air defense system lie in South African order. Development was mostly funded by South Africa, and partially by the French government. The system was developed during the late s. These systems were delivered to South Africa between and It was locally named the Cactus.

Soon after the French air force ordered this system for airfield defense, naming the system Crotale. It entered service in By a total of 20 batteries were delivered.

The Crotale is one of the most successful SAM design ever built. This air defense system still evolves and remains in production for more than 40 years. A wide range of its variants have been built. It is in service with 15 countries. The Crotale is a point defense system, designed to protect high value targets, such as airfields, military bases, ammunition depots, and crotal on.

The original design aim of the Crotale was to engage supersonic low-flying aircraft. It carries 4 missiles and is fitted with engagement radar.

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It also has an optical aiming system. Armor of this vehicle provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. It is powered by a petrol or diesel engine, driving an alternator, which powers electrical motors driving the wheels. However mobility of this vehicle is rather limited. It was developed as a point defense system, rather than operate alongside land force maneuver elements. It takes about 5 minutes crtale launch missiles from travelling.


There is also a towed variant, that is less mobile. A standard missile is 3 m long and weights It has a solid fuel rocket motor. It gives the missile a maximum speed of Mach 2. It can engage helicopters, aircraft, cruise missiles, air-to-ground missiles and anti-radiation missiles. Minimum crottale of fire is about m. It can reach targets at an altitude of 5. It is fitted with acquisition radar. This vehicle detects targets, tracks them, identifies targets, identifies weather it is friend or foe.

The ACU crptale detect up to 30 targets and crotzle 12 targets simultaneously. Detection range is Tracking range is 17 km. TELARs and acquisition and coordination unit are connected with cables.

These are supported by a host of maintenance and support vehicles. It takes 2 nv to reload all four missiles. The Crotale has been produced in a number of variants. It is a baseline Crotale point defense system, base on the P4R 4×4 armored vehicle. There is also a towed version, for air defense of fixed sites.

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It appeared in It has additional television channel, that resulted in enhanced acquisition and tracking. It has a further enhanced tracking capability by an added automatic television track capability. HQ-7Chinese reverse engineered copy. First Chinese clone was produced for testing in Its production commenced in the late s. Sometimes it is referred as Sino-Crotale.

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Shahab Tagheb, an Iranian short-range air defense missile system. It was revealed in It crotae developed with Chinese assistance and by transferring technology of the HQ Shahine, version developed for Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia ordered a number of these missile systems.


However the Shahine is based on AMX tank chassis and has improved mobility and much better armor protection. Its main role was to provide fully mobile air defense for mechanized armored units. Cable interconnections between units were replace by radio datalink.

And up to 10 km between proximate ACU. Radar has improved electronic countermeasures.

It is a modernization of the French Crotale systems. This system ny an optical tracker. It also has improved radar that has detection range of 18 km.

Crotale NG New Generation. It is a much redesigned version of the basic Crotale.

Missiles have a range of 11 km, maximum speed of Mach 3. Also missiles are more maneuverable. Radar and fire control system were improved. The Crotale NG has the engagement and acquisition radars carried by the same unit, hence every single TELAR vehicle is capable of autonomous operation. It can be mounted on a towed 3-axle trailer or a range of different chassis. Missile has been improved.

It has a range of 16 km and can reach targets at an altitude of 9 km. The system has new surveillance radar. Video of the Crotale short-range air defense missile system Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Can’t find what you’re looking for? The Crotale is one of the most successful air defense system ever built. Video of the Crotale short-range air defense missile system. Top 10 Fighter Aircraft. Top 10 Main Battle Tanks.