BAE Systems is launching its next-generation 40mm anti-aircraft system, Tridon Mk2, at Eurosatory 2024, showcasing its unique capability to protect against ever-evolving aerial threats.

“The Tridon Mk2 is the ideal solution for combat operations, where soldiers need a proven, high-precision and reliable anti-aircraft system to keep the skies clear and protect troops and infrastructure,” said Lena Gillström, president of BAE Systems Bofors.

“The adaptability of the system, which can evolve as threats continue to change, is what makes it one of the most effective anti-aircraft systems on the market today.”

Based on the battle-proven Bofors 40mm gun and more than 90 years of experience, this self-propelled system provides security and protection for military forces and civil infrastructure.

“On today’s battlefields, tens of thousands of drones are shot down every month, and this new threat has exposed a dangerous gap in current air defence capabilities for NATO allies.

The Tridon Mk2 offers a solution to help fill that gap. It is a mobile anti-aircraft system with high-precision, teamed with critical munitions capabilities, including the Bofors 3P programmable munition which forms the backbone of the system, designed for defeating a wide range of aerial and land-based threats. The system has an effective range of up to 12km, depending on the target, selected ammunition, sensor suite and surrounding terrain. It is a flexible option for any military, offering the ability to mix a large variety of ammunition in the same firing salvo.

The system’s modularity enables it to be mounted on various platforms and fully operated from within the cabin. This allows for both rapid deployment into action and for troops to regroup to avoid enemy countermeasures. It can also be off-loaded at strategic locations and remotely controlled from a safe distance.”

Each system has its own day-night acquisition sensors and fire-control system, which makes it a cost-effective solution to protect large areas.

The Tridon Mk2 will be displayed on the BAE Systems stand at Eurosatory from 17 – 21 June 2024 (Hall 5A, stand B369).

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George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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John Clark
John Clark (@guest_826341)
6 days ago

Same as the T31??

Looks like something we should invest in?

Quentin D63
Quentin D63 (@guest_826344)
6 days ago
Reply to  John Clark

Looks pretty darn good. Nice and compact mount. Is it Anglo-Swedish or one or the other? Can they put a couple of these 40mm on the Carriers to boost their defensive abilities and complement the Phalanx’s?

Quentin D63
Quentin D63 (@guest_826345)
6 days ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Part of mobile or base SHORAD and complement CAMM?

Last edited 6 days ago by Quentin D63
Frank62
Frank62 (@guest_826493)
6 days ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Could simply replace the 30mm mounts. Does the job better in every role & engages at longer range than 30mm. Possibly better than Phalanx too if given an integrated radar & automated targeting.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63 (@guest_828032)
4 minutes ago
Reply to  Frank62

But will it fit on the back of a Boxer?!

Rob Young
Rob Young (@guest_826350)
6 days ago

Looks like it could fix a big hole caused by the increasing threat from drones.

Mr Bell
Mr Bell (@guest_826378)
6 days ago

Perfect. 40mm Bofors+ radar guided. What’s not to like. Get some ordered asap.

SailorBoy
SailorBoy (@guest_826397)
6 days ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

I’ve found pictures elsewhere that show the front angle.
That thing on top is an E/O guidance turret, very similar to the Mirador one from T31. It is just moving the same fire control method from that spot in front of the mast to on top of the turret.
Still an improvement were it to be done at sea because it makes the turret self contained.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63 (@guest_826584)
6 days ago
Reply to  SailorBoy

Morning SB, how’s your GSCEs going? Hope you’re getting through it all while being distracted by ukdj! 😎 🇦🇺

SailorBoy
SailorBoy (@guest_826629)
5 days ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Only 2 to go now with long gaps in between, so plenty of time for revision and UKDJ in the breaks.
I do wish the articles came out at fixed times; that way I could schedule a time to read them. At the moment they just all get dumped between 9 and 3 during the day.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63 (@guest_826639)
5 days ago
Reply to  SailorBoy

Hope you do well across the board. Don’t slacken! Lol with the ukdj timing, we’re 9 hours ahead here in Sydney 🇦🇺.

Mickey
Mickey (@guest_827691)
1 day ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

And 5 hours behind in Eastern Canada 🙂

SailorBoy
SailorBoy (@guest_826394)
6 days ago

Now take the fire control package off that and put it on the guns from T31 so that they can act as a regular CIWS without being dependent on 3rd party sensors.
Would work especially well on OPV replacements and RFAs etc. because the mounts would work independently.
This looks like BAE setting themselves up in competition with the Thales Rapidfire, an essentially identical system. They’re very similar but if this is the same as the naval mount then I think BAE top it with better range, the 3P stuff and RoF.

Rowan Maguire
Rowan Maguire (@guest_826405)
6 days ago

Good looking system, it would have commonality with the Navy as well. 12km range puts it outside of the range of the cheapest FPV drones whilst still being effectively able to engage the more troublesome Lancets, 3P ammunition would be a massive capability increase over what things like Gepard currently use and using EOS instead of radar makes it much more survivable than current SPAAG systems. Depending on how much it costs and what each battery consists of it could be a cheap, soft way of reintroducing GBAD across key UK areas. Procuring them for the RAF regiment would protect… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_826447)
6 days ago
Reply to  Rowan Maguire

I agree.

SailorBoy
SailorBoy (@guest_826457)
6 days ago

I wonder if it’s demountable like the CAMM units, or is tied to the vehicle’s power supply and control?
It would be really nice if each major base had one of these just sitting in the corner scanning the sky. 3P means that there’s little to no risk of collateral damage because the shell always self-detonates after 15s.
IMO this is a much better option than Rapidfire. It has more range, a higher rate of fire and is more British.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_826459)
6 days ago
Reply to  SailorBoy

Hello mate.
No idea, weapon capability isn’t my area.
Each major base would mean quite a few mate. For now, fantasy fleets sadly.

SailorBoy
SailorBoy (@guest_826472)
6 days ago

How are you supposed to work out ORBATs if you don’t know the weapons?
I smell a rat… 😉
I was just thinking the really critical ones e.g. fighter bases, Brize Norton, Faslane etc.
The ones that would be genuinely war-ending if they were overwhelmed.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_826490)
6 days ago
Reply to  SailorBoy

Dozens mate. Dozens.

SailorBoy
SailorBoy (@guest_826516)
6 days ago

Aren’t all of your MILINT sites deep in underground bunkers?
You can also tailor to the sites most vulnerable to that sort of Shahed UAV attack.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_826547)
6 days ago
Reply to  SailorBoy

That is classified mate, so I would not know for certain.
I know of several underground bunkers, I suspect some based on my research, and I know of some locations that do not seem to have such protection.

UG stuff is another of my areas of interest. Much of it went after the Cold War, so long before your time mate.
The places with them are pretty easy to guess.

Frank62
Frank62 (@guest_826981)
4 days ago

Think I’ve seen a road sign “Secret nuclear bunker” somewhere in the Essex area.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_826991)
4 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

Yes, that is Kelvedon Hatch mate. Now a museum, hence the sign! Was declassified after the Cold War. Was an RSG, Regional Seat of Government if London had been flattened.
There is another in Scotland at Anstruther that is also now open to the public.

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky (@guest_826543)
6 days ago
Reply to  Rowan Maguire

Just crossed my mind but I wonder if there are any moves anywhere to develop submarine launched kamikaze drones that theoretically at least, could be deployed and strike unguarded targets with little to no warning, yet be almost impossible to detect or determine the origin or perpetrator. I’m sure the Russians would just love to hit UK targets with little to no prospect of retaliation even if we knew through intelligence they were behind it.

Frank62
Frank62 (@guest_826982)
4 days ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

If we knew the perpertrator through intelligence it would be an attack on a NATO member & illicit a definate response.
We obviously need more GBAD urgently rather than cutting back, hoping for the best & crossing our fingers. Bit like having a house but removing the roof to save a few quid & just hoping it will never rain.

Andrew D
Andrew D (@guest_826713)
5 days ago
Reply to  Rowan Maguire

Absolutely agree good post mate 🍺

David Lee
David Lee (@guest_826424)
6 days ago

Maybe the royal artillery could reform a disbanded regiment and equip it with this kit I know pie in the sky it will necer happen

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_826449)
6 days ago
Reply to  David Lee

I’m hearing one way attack drones are in the pipeline next for the RA.
Agree on this.

David Lee
David Lee (@guest_826452)
6 days ago

I’m sure 32 and 47 would incorporate those what the ra needs is a regiment with 3 batteries of anti drone equipment

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_826458)
6 days ago
Reply to  David Lee

Yes, I assume so. Though I also hear the AAC is throwing its hat in the ring. 5 AAC “may” become a UAV/drone outfit and move to the “new” UAV Group.
Would the RA take the surveillance side and the AAC the offensive side?
That rumour has been rumbling for some time, the army have taken ages to provide details. And now with the GE, probably wont.
Yep, would love a Reg of an AA type like this to complement the expansion of SHORAD and MRAD already outlined by CGS.

David Lee
David Lee (@guest_826460)
6 days ago

Yes similar happened with Swingfire the artillery had it the tankies wanted that was 32 in Bulford if I remember correctly

Frank62
Frank62 (@guest_826497)
6 days ago
Reply to  David Lee

Pies in the sky would be mincemeat if we had this!😄

SailorBoy
SailorBoy (@guest_826506)
6 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

Wouldn’t fancy eating a pie full of tungsten pellets, as well.
Definitely not SOP for getting dinner on the front lines.

David Lee
David Lee (@guest_826520)
6 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

Absolutely but I think we need this cabability deployed correctly would be a great asset I’m sure it will be trialled in Ukraine

DaveyB
DaveyB (@guest_826428)
6 days ago

The idea is good, but the execution for the UK not so, or is it? With the T31 and Ajax using different guns and ammunition types, but around a common 40mm calibre. There is no logistical commonality. Which means we have two separate logistic streams. In the ideal world, the Navy would have opted for the CTAS40. Which would then mean the Army has better spending power on ammunition costs. But they chose a different path. The Bofors 40/L70 is a tried and trusted weapon system. Using 3P ammunition it should be more than capable against all types of drone… Read more »

Bill
Bill (@guest_826439)
6 days ago

Will we order 3? Maybe 4 even??

David Lee
David Lee (@guest_826468)
6 days ago
Reply to  Bill

We need a regiment 3 batteries as brigade assets

Frank62
Frank62 (@guest_826488)
6 days ago

We need this yesterday in decent numbers. Quite a flexible system.

Coll
Coll (@guest_826511)
6 days ago

So a 40mm Bofus and Chess Dynamics Hawkeye sensor. It is a nice compact and in-one system for other platforms that don’t have an integrated fire and control system. e.g. small ships.

AlexS
AlexS (@guest_826545)
6 days ago

12km effective range. Haha. If pointing the gun at 45º elevation and the rounds falling in the ground 12km distant can be called “effective”.
But at least they are doing something against drones.

Just to understand the shear number we are talking about:

President Volodymir Zelensky “is saying one of the main tasks of 2024 is production of 1 million drones” for land, air and sea missions, Smith-Daugherty said. Last year, Kyiv is believed to have manufactured about 300,000 drones.

Andrew D
Andrew D (@guest_826716)
5 days ago

Well looks like a good system ,Err guess looking like we’ll have to ask Mr starmer 🙄