Germany mulls supplying IRIS-T to Ukraine
The security council of the German government is discussing whether to supply Ukraine with the SAM variant of the IRIS-T missile, according to a 13 May report from Bild.
The German newspaper added that Ukraine has requested ten IRIS-T Surface Launched Medium Range (SLM) systems and could deploy them from November 2022.
Made by Diehl Defence, IRIS-T SLM is designed to provide 360° protection against attacks from aircraft, helicopters, UAVs, cruise missiles, guided weapons and rockets.
It is an upgraded version of the IRIS-T with an enhanced rocket motor, an aerodynamic hood for extended range, a data link and autonomous GPS/INS.
The medium-range IRIS-T SLM has a range of 30-40km.
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