Diehl Defense successfully demonstrated its Ground Based Air Defense System IRIS-T SLM in the presence of international experts and military representatives from 16 nations at the Overberg Test Range in South Africa on January 14, 2014.
The IRIS-T SLM Ground Based Air Defense System is characterized by its modular design and open system architecture. In the current campaign, IRIS-T SLM consisted of the new CEAFAR radar of CEA Technologies, Australia, a Tactical Operation Center (TOC) employing both the BMD-Flex command, control and communication system of Terma A/S, Denmark, and the Oerlikon Sky master battle management system of Rheinmetall Air Defense, Switzerland as well as the IRIS-T SL launching station with Diehl Defense missiles. All elements were integrated into the system by the Diehl Defense Sensor, Fire, and Weapon Control.
IRIS-T SLM detected the low flying target drone of type DO DT-25 and established a stable track which was classified as hostile. The missile was launched at a distance of about 20 km and intercepted the target with a direct hit. During the entire flight, target data updates from the radar were provided to the missile through the data link allowing the infrared seeker to lock onto the target in flight for the endgame. All hardware and software components performed flawlessly.
For the first time, Diehl Defense demonstrated the full functionality of the IRIS-T SLM system comprising its own setup for radar, TOC and launcher in a real live firing. This event followed two successful test firings carried out last November, during which the IRIS-T SL launcher and missile were tested as part of the German development contract of Diehl Defense with the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support. The demonstration was supported by the German Ministry of Defense and the Australian Department of Defense. Close to 90 visitors from around the world witnessed the live firing demonstration.