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The Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) has recently unveiled its ambitious plans to develop a Gatling Air Defence Gun that incorporates cutting-edge technologies. This advanced gun system, equipped with EO/IR (Electro-Optical/Infrared) and radar-based tracking and targeting systems, will utilize artificial intelligence (AI) for optimal weapon selection and autonomous engagements.

Designed using state-of-the-art materials and technologies, the gun system aims to provide 360-degree coverage and act as a close-in weapon system to defend military watercraft against various threats, including aircraft, missiles, and small boats.

Close-in weapon systems serve as the final line of automated defense, providing terminal defense or point defense against incoming threats, such as anti-ship missiles (AShMs or ASMs), maneuvering sea-skimming aircraft, and small boats. ARDE’s Gatling Air Defence Gun aims to significantly bolster the protection capabilities of military watercraft by deploying an advanced and autonomous defensive system.

Although specific details regarding the gun system’s usage have not been disclosed by ARDE, it is anticipated that it will primarily serve as a gun-based close-in weapon system to defend military watercraft against a wide range of threats. This includes countering incoming aircraft, missiles, and small boats that pose a risk to the vessel and its crew. The Gatling Air Defence Gun represents a significant advancement in naval defense capabilities, ensuring the safety and security of military assets.

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