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ILA 2018: SHORAD Gap Filler

Diehl Defence Pushes 360-Degree Fire-On-The-Move Capability for Ground Forces


Modernising existing ground-based air defence assets is a European, if not a global trend. For protecting mobile ground forces, Diehl Defence promotes its system solution for the SHORAD domain consisting of the IRIS-T SLS (Surface Launched Short Range) guided missile system shown in Berlin packed onto a BAE Systems Hågglunds Bv410 all-terrain vehicle.

As a ‘gap filler,’ this solution is about to attract the interest of an increasing number of potential users. The company was successful in offering this configuration for an immediate Swedish Army requirement. Designed as a new-generation SHORAD missile, it offers a combat range of greater than 25 kilometres, able to defend against a wide spectrum of sophisticated airborne threats. Diehl Defence proposes this solution as a real fire-on-the-move asset, enabling ground troops a “ready-to-use” capability to defeat a broad range of attacking weapons, including air-to-ground missiles, cruise missiles, anti-radar missiles, and rockets. Other manoeuvring threats on the target list include low-flying drones and helicopters.

According to the manufacturer, IRIS-T SLS offers a high probability of kill against any of these threats to a maximum altitude of 6,000 metres. The carrier platform on show in Berlin also carries the GIRAFFE 1X radar from Saab, a multifunctional 3D radar based on advanced gallium nitride (GaN) technology. One key advantage of the radar is that it can be easily integrated in almost any type of mobile platform, fixed structure or C2 system. 

Visit Diehl Defence’s static display S2-001 

Stefan Nitschke

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