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With the handover of the fire units for the ground-based anti-aircraft missiles IRIS-T SLS (Infra Red Imaging System-Thrust Vector-Controlled Surface Launched SHORAD), the troop deployment of the air defense system supplied by Diehl begins in Sweden.

Used by the Swedish Air Defense Regiment, the highly agile IRIS-T guided missiles are designed to protect soldiers and infrastructure around the clock from missiles, attacks by aircraft and armored combat helicopters.

Sweden is thus the first country to benefit from the open system design of the newly developed IRIS-T SLM/SLS family for ground-based air defense (Ground Based Air Defence, GBAD) and the system elements (sensors/radars, guidance systems) most suitable for the purpose , communication systems) from different manufacturers are combined and integrated into a powerful weapon system.

Another advantage results from the multi-role capability of the IRIS-T guided missile, which was developed with Swedish participation and has been in use for many years as a superior air-to-air armament on the Gripen fighter aircraft.

The hallmark of the ground-based air defense system IRIS-T SLM/SLS from Diehl is the open system architecture, which simplifies the integration of system elements with different functions and origins as described above. This enables maximum flexibility both in the procurement of new weapon systems and in the modernization/upgrading of existing equipment.

Sweden uses the articulated multi-purpose vehicle BVS 10 from Hägglunds as the carrier vehicle for the IRIS-T SLS.

Gerhard Heiming