Saturday, March 12, 2011

Army Abandons Gepard Air Defense System

Chile's army has given up on the Gepard air-defense system, deciding to return the only four vehicles it ever received. The Gepards -- a self-propelled 35 mm cannon system with tracking and search radars -- were found to be in poor condition, and upgrading them would be too costly, reports said. Chile was supposed to have acquired 30 second-hand Gepards. It took delivery of the first four in October 2008. Reports in Seguranca & Defesa and Intelligence, Defense & Security said the army is focusing on acquiring a U.S.-made air defense system. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced last year an offer for the Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control Intelligence System, armed with Avenger missile launchers.