DIEHL DE­FENCE DEMON­STRATES GROUND-BASED AIR DE­FENCE SYS­TEM

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Diehl De­fence suc­cess­fully demon­strated its ground-based air de­fence sys­tem IRIST SLM in the pres­ence of in­ter­na­tional ex­perts and mil­i­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 16 na­tions at the Over­berg Test Range in South Africa re­cently. The IRIS-T SLM ground-based air de­fence sys­tem is char­ac­terised by its mod­u­lar de­sign and open sys­tem ar­chi­tec­ture. In the cur­rent cam­paign, IRIS-T SLM con­sisted of the new CEAFAR radar of CEA Tech­nolo­gies, Aus­tralia, a tac­ti­cal op­er­a­tion cen­tre (TOC) em­ploy­ing both the BMD-Flex com­mand, con­trol and com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem of Terma A/S, Den­mark, and the Oer­likon Sky­mas­ter bat­tle man­age­ment sys­tem of Rhein­metall Air De­fence, Switzer­land, as well as the IRIS-T SL launch­ing sta­tion with Diehl De­fence mis­siles. All el­e­ments were in­te­grated into the sys­tem by the Diehl De­fence Sen­sor, Fire, and Weapon Con­trol. IRIS-T SLM de­tected the low fly­ing tar­get drone of type DO DT-25 and es­tab­lished a sta­ble track which was clas­si­fied as hos­tile. The mis­sile was launched at a dis­tance of about 20 km and in­ter­cepted the tar­get with a di­rect hit. Dur­ing the en­tire flight, tar­get data up­dates from the radar were pro­vided to the mis­sile through the data link al­low­ing the in­frared seeker to lock onto the tar­get in flight for the endgame. All hard­ware and soft­ware com­po­nents per­formed flaw­lessly.

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