|Manufacturer:||Kader Factory for Developed Industries|
|Product type:||Screen Laying Systems|
The Kader 76 mm smoke grenade launcher system has been developed by the Kader Factory for Developed Industries for installation on all types of tanks, armoured personnel carriers, reconnaissance vehicles and self-propelled artillery systems.
Although its primary function is to quickly establish a smoke screen enabling a vehicle to change its position, it can also fire phosphorus, illumination, tear gas (CS) or decoy flares.
The system consists of eight launchers mounted four either side of the vehicle or turret and these can be fired by the commander, driver or gunner in an individual mode or in a number of sequences. For example, they can be fired one by one or in salvo; four left, four right or eight in salvo. The launchers are elevated at an angle of 45° to give the maximum range and installed at traverse angles of 4 to 30° to cover the maximum frontal arc of the vehicle.
On the Kader Fahd (4 x 4) APC for example, the bank of four smoke grenade launchers is mounted either side of the hull towards the front of the vehicle.
The position of the control box depends on the vehicle application, for example, in the Kader Fahd (4x4) APC the swivelling control box is located between the commander and driver so that either crew member can operate the system. The control box also enables the operator to verify the loading of the individual tubes with grenades and their reliability to be The individual firing push-buttons illuminate just after the loading of the tubes with new grenades and an unloaded tube or a tube with a defective grenade will not cause the push-button to illuminate. After firing the light goes out.
The smoke screen starts to form almost immediately after the grenades have landed and a salvo of eight grenades lasts for a period of 2 to 3 minutes at a range of 50 to 60 m, to a height of 15 m, a depth of 30 m and a total front of between 60 and 70 m.
The top of each grenade launcher is normally covered by a rubber cap that is attached to the launcher by a chain. The tubes can be opened from underneath allowing them to be cleaned with a special brush after firing. The rubber caps protect the launcher against dust, moisture and other environmental conditions.
The Kader 76 mm smoke grenade system can fire grenades of local manufacture (manufactured by the Kaha Company for Chemical Industries and covered in the following entry) or foreign manufacture.
In addition to manufacturing 76 mm grenades the Kaha Company for Chemical Industries also manufactures 66 mm and 81 mm grenades. The former are normally launched by UK type launchers while the 81 mm grenades are normally fired by Eastern type grenade launchers.
In production. In service with the Egyptian Army and in other undisclosed countries. Known users of the Fahd APC outside Egypt include Algeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuwait, Oman and the Sudan.