SIHAM3 combined Anti-Air and Anti-Surface Weapon System at IDEX 2017
At IDEX 2017, the UAE company Siham Al Khaleej Technology (SAKT), together with Leonardo and MBDA are presenting an innovative and cost-effective weapon system designated “SIHAM3”, (meaning arrow in Arabic) providing a comprehensive and stand-alone anti-air and anti-surface capability to all types of warships.
SIHAM3 Anti Air and Anti Surface weapon system at NAVDEX 2017
This industrial cooperation was officially announced during IDEX 2017 and a mock-up of the system is displayed at the SAKT booth, B-0004, at NAVDEX.
In particular, SAKT will be responsible for integration of the “SIHAM3” weapon system, which combines two Leonardo products: the OTO Marlin WS 30mm Naval Gun and the Medusa MK4/B Electro-Optical Fire Control System (EO-FCS) providing a stand-alone capability to detect and track with high accuracy either air or surface targets. The system is completed with an MBDA Twin Air Defence Mistral missile launcher on a single mounting.
This new system will be fully controlled by a single operator and will allow for a significant reduction in the ship’s installation requirement thanks to a single mounted system.
A further evolution of the SIHAM3 will allow integration with a Combat Management System (CMS).
This “Made in the UAE” system will be developed, produced, assembled and integrated by the three parties together. Navy Recognition learned during NAVDEX 2017 that a variant with 4x missiles was tested but found to be too heavy for the turret. We also learned that the UAE Navy submitted a RFQ for the upgrade of 10 exhisting marlin systems to the SIHAM3 variant (including the Abu Dhabi class ASW corvette, some MCM vessel and an inteligence gather vessel).