Spain unveils 40mm MK19 Guardian ‘hard-kill’ anti-drone turret

PARIS ($1=0.95 Euros) — Spanish company Escribano has unveiled its hard-kill anti-drone Guardian weapon system, equipped with the MK19 40 mm belt-fed automatic grenade launcher. The entire anti-drone turret was integrated on an Ascot armored vehicle of the Santa Barbara Sistemas company. This anti-drone configuration was presented to visitors at the past Eurosatory International Defense and Security Exhibition in Paris, France.

Spain unveils 40mm MK19 Guardian 'hard-kill' anti-drone turret
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This hardkill solution can launch Nammo programmable munitions with high explosive dual-purpose airburst [HEDP-AB]. The company has also designed another version with the M134D Gatling-style 7.62 × 51mm NATO six-barrel rotary machine gun as the main weapon with a high rate of fire of up to 3000 rounds per minute from the company Dillon Aero.

Mk 19 is a grenade launcher designed in the 60s of last century. It has a rich military history and proven involvement in all conflicts from the 1960s to the present, including the last in Ukraine. It is in service in dozens of countries around the world. Mk19 has several options. Its caliber is 40 × 53 mm, works on the principle of blowback [advanced example ignition], and its rate of fire is as follows: 360-390 rpm [cyclic], 40 rpm [sustained], and 60 rpm [rapid].

Ascod is actually a platform for an armored vehicle. Austrian Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG and Spanish General Dynamics Santa Bárbara Systems are involved in its creation. The platform is already entering service in various countries. In Spain, 261 105mm Ascod LT [light tank] units have been ordered, in the UK the Ascod platform is participating in the Ajax project, and in Austria, it is participating with an order of 12 units, but under the name Ulan.

Spain unveils 40mm MK19 Guardian 'hard-kill' anti-drone turret
Photo credit: Lance Cpl. Alison Dostie

Ascod is used to build armored vehicles, such as light tanks, surface-to-air missile [SAM] launchers, anti-tank missile launchers, mortar carriers, R&R vehicles, command & control vehicles, ambulances, artillery observers, and the AIFV model.

Nammo’s HEDP-AB ammunition is designed to deliver precision strikes and engage in a variety of field scenarios, using only one 40mm projectile. These munitions can cause a variety of damage: fragmentation, penetration, explosion, and ignition. A 40mm ammunition weighs 247 grams and has a muzzle velocity of 240 m/s.

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