1 Air Defence Regiment (ADR)
|The 1st Air Defence
Regiment is currently the only fully integrated unit in the Irish
Defence Forces, consisting of a mix of regular and reserve
Based at our new Headquarters in the Curragh Camp, the Regiment's
objective is to continue providing a quality service to the Defence
Forces and the community.
Some of the Unit Weaponry
- Bofor L 60 40 MM
- The Flycatcher
- The Flycatcher system weighs
about 4,409 lb (2000 kg) and is accommodated in a container 8 ft
11.5 in (2.73 m) long, 6 ft 11.5 in (2.12 m) wide and 6 ft 11.85
in (2.13 m) high increasing to 11 ft 1.75 in (3.65 m) high with
the dual search-and-track antenna system raised. The
Pulse-Doppler radar system searches for targets through 360
degrees and out to a range of about 21,875 yards (20000
m). The system is capable of targeting targets moving at
up to 971 ft (1,118.5 mph; 1800 km/h) with vertical speeds of up
to 985 ft (300 m) per second, the associated weapon opening fire
as soon as the right engagement criteria have been established.
- RBS 70 & Giraffe
- The missile is man portable and
can be used independently.
Normally, a Giraffe 40
search (40 km) and track (20 km) radar hands off targets to the
laser beam riding missile.
Data from the radar is collated at a target data receiver which
displays the tracks for different targets. They are handed off to
different launchers, the launcher operator being cued by
headphones giving different tones depending on whether the target
is to the left or right (relative positions between radar and
launchers are measured during set up of the units, but launchers
can operate independently).