Diehl Defence to Showcase IRIS-T SLM at Paris Airshow, After 'Success' in Ukraine

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  • 06:51 AM, June 17, 2023
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Diehl Defence to Showcase IRIS-T SLM at Paris Airshow, After 'Success' in Ukraine
IRIS-T SL air defense system @Diehl Defence

German firm Diehl Defence is presenting its IRIS-T SLM air defense system at the upcoming Paris Airshow in Le Bourget, touted to have hit 100% Russian targets in the ongoing war.

The technologies for these products are part of Diehl Defence's core competencies and have been the reason for the company's success and growth in recent years: The IRIS-T guided missile on display in Paris has been in service with many air forces worldwide on a variety of platforms such as Tornado, Eurofighter, Gripen, F-16, F-18 and F-5. Most recently, the guided missile was successfully fired from the newly developed fighter aircraft KF-21. The further developed IRIS-T SL (surface-launched) is used as missile in GBAD systems such as IRIS-T SLM for medium ranges, which can be seen as a model at the Diehl Defence booth in Le Bourget, Diehl Defence said in a statement.

With two combat units delivered, IRIS-T SLM is part of Ukraine's ground-based air defence. According to customer reports, Diehl Defence's GBAD systems achieve a hit rate of 100% under realistic operational conditions.

Diehl Defence is also in negotiations with its long-standing German customer as well as with other nations in Europe about the procurement of GBAD systems as part of current or near-term procurement projects and is an integral part of the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI) for the protection of the European airspace.

Diehl Defence is also exhibiting models of the FCAAM and HYDEF missiles at Le Bourget. FCAAM (Future Combat Air-to-Air Missile) addresses the expected enhanced air combat capabilities as part of the ongoing Future Combat Air System (FCAS) project.

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