Diehl bags air de­fence con­tract from Swe­den


The Swedish De­fence Ma­te­rial Ad­min­is­tra­tion signed a con­tract with Diehl De­fence to de­liver IRIS-T SLS sur­face-to-air mis­sile (SAM) sys­tems for the coun­try’s armed forces. The new units com­pris­ing the IRIS-T mis­sile, mis­sile launch­ing sta­tion and fire con­trol sys­tem are to im­prove the na­tional air de­fence by pro­tec­tion against air at­tacks from a large va­ri­ety of threats in­clud­ing mis­siles, he­li­copters and air­craft.

Fol­low­ing de­ploy­ment, the mo­bile sys­tem al­lows fully au­to­matic op­er­a­tion 24 hours a day. The Swedish Army will op­er­ate the SAM fire units, to­gether with a new com­mand and con­trol sys­tem as well as mod­ernised sen­sors from Saab.

IRIS-T SLS em­ploys the stan­dard IRIST air-to-air mis­sile and is the short-range com­ple­ment to the medium-range IRIS-T SLM ground-based air de­fence sys­tem of Diehl De­fence.

With the IRIS-T SLS/SLM ground­based air de­fence sys­tems, Diehl is set­ting new stan­dards in open sys­tem de­sign ar­chi­tec­tures pro­vid­ing max­i­mum flex­i­bil­ity for new weapon sys­tems as well as for the mod­erni­sa­tion/up­grade of legacy equip­ment. IRIS-T SLM is based on the SAM sys­tem devel­op­ment in Ger­many for na­tional air de­fence.

De­liv­ery of the first IRIS-T SLS sys­tems is sched­uled to com­mence in 2016. As part­ner of the Euro­pean mis­sile pro­gramme, Swe­den has al­ready in­tro­duced the IRIS-T air-to-air mis­sile for its Gripen fighter air­craft.

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