A mobile air defence combat system (ASBOP–PERKUN) technology demonstrator was showcased at the recently held MSPO 2019 in Kielce, Poland. Developed by the Lukasiewicz – PIAP Institute in partnership with the Telesystem-Mesko company, the ASBOP–PERKUN system ‘is a combination of a high level of tactical mobility and rapid reaction to detection of various kinds of aerial threats, such as missiles, UAVs, rotary and fixed wing platforms.’
Mounting two Grom/Piorun air defence missiles on a six-wheeled chassis with independent drive for each wheel, the system can operate in varied terrain, reaching a top speed of up to 10 km/h.
It acquires targets using a combination of an onboard detection system and information received from external sources like radar stations. It can also integrate IFF data in order to differentiate allied and enemy combat platforms.
The specifically designed mobile base suspension ensures stability, allowing it to detect and track aerial threats while on the move.
The Grom MANPADS used are the Polish MANPADS based on the Russian man-portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM) 9K38 Igla.
Its characteristics are:
Propellant Solid fuel rocket
Operational range 5.5 kilometres
Flight altitude 3.5 kilometres
Speed 650 metres per second Guidance
The platform is controlled remotely by an operator who can, theocratically, the ability to control 2-4 air defence platforms at a time. Currently, the system is still at a technology demonstrator stage and caters as a typical air-and-missile defence platform to provide static or mobile air defence protection to tactical assets.
The final configuration, and system capabilities will be refined as the field trails are conducted in order to improve the platform’s design and the future system may take on a wider role to include a much wider range of threats though its biggest advantage lies in offering an alternate to man-portable air-defence systems, dispensing with the need to have an operator in the field.