Hensoldt Delivers IRIS-T Air Defense System Radar for Ukraine

Sensor technologies manufacturer Hensoldt has delivered the first of four radars ordered by Diehl Defence for its IRIS-T SLM air defense system operating in Ukraine.

The remaining three TRML-4D Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars will be delivered within a few months, the Taufkirchen-headquartered firm revealed in a statement.

The radar can rapidly detect, track, and classify nearly 1,500 targets, particularly “small, fast, and low-flying and/or maneuvering cruise missiles and aircraft, as well as hovering helicopters” within a range of 250 kilometers (155 miles).

“The situation in Ukraine requires quick and decisive action,” Hensoldt CEO Thomas Muller said. “Due to a serial production line and the commitment of our employees, we are able to deliver such systems to protect the population in the shortest possible time.”

IRIS-T Air Defense System

The four IRIS-T SLMs ordered by Ukraine include support, training, and ammunition and cost around 140 million euros ($136 million).

The system delivered to Ukraine is the latest version of the IRIS-T family of systems, having completed its final tests in 2021. 

Even the German military has not yet inducted the platform.

Operational in Ukraine

The system comprises three vehicles: a missile launcher, radar, and fire control radar.

The missile can intercept a target at a maximum range of 40 kilometers (25 miles) and altitude of 20 kilometers (12.4 miles), while the radar can track a target at up to 250 kilometers (155 miles).

A launched IRIS-T SLM missile was recently photographed lying in a wooded area near Kyiv, revealing that the system has already been used.

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