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Sweden to receive IRIS-T SLS SAM systems

13th March 2013 - 16:33 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Diehl Defence will deliver IRIS-T SLS surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems to the Swedish Defence Material Administration under a new contract announced on 11 March. When delivered, the system will be operated by the Swedish Army together with a new Command and Control (C2) system and modernised sensors.

The contract will see Diehl Defence supply new units comprising the IRIS-T missile, missile launching station and fire control system. The system will improve Sweden's national air defence capabilities, providing 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.

IRIS-T SLS employs the standard IRIS-T 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. 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.

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