Since 2012, light air defence has been integrated into the Air
Force's capability profile under the term Short Range Air Defence. The
light air defence system is operated by the 3rd Squadron of 61
Surface-to-Air Missile Group based in Todendorf, Germany at the Baltic
Sea. The system is designed to provide protection against low-flying
aircraft and helicopters to forces, areas, installations and mobile
operations conducted by the armed forces.
The effectiveness of the light air defence system is based on the
firepower of the Stinger man-portable air defence (MANPAD) system. This
enables the soldiers to engage targets up to a distance of 6000m and an
altitude of 3000m.
The crew of the reconnaissance, command and
control and fire control vehicle detects aircraft and allocates targets.
The vehicle's radar is able to detect vehicles at a distance of up to
20km and an altitude of 4km. Following detection of the target, the crew
commander selects the Ozelot weapon carrier most ideally positioned to
engage the target. The reconnaissance, command and control and fire
control vehicle can effectively coordinate the operation of up to eight