Diehl Defense tests its air defense system

Jan. 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM
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UBERLINGEN, Germany, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Diehl Defense of Germany has demonstrated its IRIS-T SLM ground-based air defense system at a test range in South Africa.

The successful test was conducted late last week and was witnessed by experts and military representatives from 16 countries.

"The IRIS-T SLM demonstration firing was supported by the German Ministry of Defense and the Australian Department of Defense," the company said. "Close to 90 visitors from around the world witnessed the live firing demonstration inside the test range control center and were informed in detail about the operational capabilities and the technical details of the ground based air defense system during the test campaign."

The modular IRIS-T SLM system consists of the new CEAFAR radar by CEA Technologies, Australia; a tactical operation center from Terma of Denmark; Rheinmetall Air Defense's Oerlikon Skymaster battle management system; and Diehl's IRIS-T SL launching station and Diehl missiles.

Diehl said the integrated system detected the low flying target drone, tracked it and then fired on it from a distance of nearly 12.5 miles. The target was destroyed.

"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," Diehl said. "All hardware and software components performed flawlessly."


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