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This piece of equipment falls under the Category Vehicles.


ADATS was designed to keep the skies safe above Canadian troops and vital locations.  Its missiles travel at over Mach 3, and have a range of 8 km. Hostile aircraft don

A soldier with the ADATSThe Air Defence Anti-tank System (ADATS) is a highly mobile low-level air defence unit capable of defeating a wide range of targets. The ADATS has been designed to provide air defence protection for mobile troops as well as ground installations. This self-contained weapon system is mounted on a tracked vehicle and will perform all its tactical functions during day or night and in adverse weather. Its ability to destroy air targets as well as ground targets, makes it a unique and extremely versatile weapon system.

ADATS is operated by a crew of three (driver, commander/radar operator, electro-optical operator), plus 3 personnel in the support vehicle. It carries eight ready-to-fire missiles which travel at a speed of Mach 3+ to a range of over eight kilometres. Its sensors include search radar and an electro-optical device containing a TV and Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR).

ADATS first entered service with the Air Defence Artillery School located at CFB Chatham N. B. in 1989. Currently ADATS are deployed with 4 Air Defence Regiment with batteries located at Moncton and Gagetown, and the Royal Canadian Artillery School in Gagetown. There are 34 ADATS in inventory.

8 ADATS missile per launcher (Speed Mach 3, Range 8+ km)
Warhead: 12.5 kg HE fragmentation/shaped charge, impact and proximity fuze. Penetrates: 900 mm of armour

Chassis: M-113A2
Crew: 3 (Driver, Commander, System operator)
Weight: 15.8 t
Speed: 58 km/h
Range: 400 km
Sensors: pulse Doppler radar (Range 25 km), electro-optical device with TV and FLIR
Guidance: Laser digitally coded
Entered service: 1989
Number in service: 34