Ukrainian IRIS-T SLM System Counters Waves of Russian Attacks with Over 12 Targets

Latvia ordered IRIS-T systems worth €600M on November 30, 2023
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Ukrainian IRIS-T SLM System Counters Waves of Russian Attacks with Over 12 Targets
IRIS-T SLM medium-range air defence system @Diehl Defence

The IRIS-T SLM medium-range air defence system by Diehl Defence has reportedly demonstrated a significant success rate, even in the face of waves of attacks with more than 12 targets.

In a statement released on December 4, the company asserted, The IRIS-T SLM system convinces with its excellent performance in operational use in Ukraine. According to the customer, the system achieved a very high hit rate even during waves of attack with more than 12 targets.”

Designed to counter threats from enemy aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles, and drones within a range of up to 40 km and an altitude of up to 20 km, the IRIS-T SLM system includes a missile launcher, radar, tactical operations center, as well as supporting elements like workshops, spare parts, and reloading vehicles. It emphasizes high tactical mobility and efficient engagement of multiple targets with minimal personnel requirements.

Germany has committed to additional military aid exceeding €1.3 billion ($1.4 billion), featuring four IRIS T-SLM air defense systems. This marks the third batch of IRIS-T systems Germany has provided to Ukraine since the start of the conflict, with the systems sought after for their effectiveness in countering Russian drones and missiles.

This new batch of four systems will bring the total number of pledged IRIS-Ts for Ukraine to 11. Berlin had earlier committed to providing Kyiv with eight IRIS-T systems, three of which have already been delivered.

Meanwhile, Latvia's Ministry of Defence concluded a €600 million purchase order for the IRIS-T SLM medium-range air defense system on November 30, representing the country's most substantial defense investment in over 30 years. Aligned with a framework agreement involving Latvia, Estonia, and Diehl Defence, the procurement aims to establish layered air defense capabilities by integrating the medium-range system with existing short-range capabilities. Diehl Defence is scheduled to deliver the IRIS-T SLM systems in 2026, and Latvia is gearing up with personnel training and infrastructure upgrades.

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