The Swedish Air Defence Regiment has started receiving the firing units of the IRIS-T SLS ground-based air defence system.
The firing units developed by Diehl Defence were handed over to the Air Defence Regiment by the Swedish procurement agency, Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), in Halmstad in August 2019. The firing units being delivered are equipped on Hägglunds Bv410 platforms.
IRIS-T SLS (Surface-Launched, Short-range) is the short-range, surface-launched radar-guided version of the IRIS-T (Infra-Red Imaging System Tail/Thrust Vector-Controlled) infrared homing medium-range air-to-air missile. The medium-range surface-launched version is designated as IRIS-T SLM. These surface-to-air missiles were originally developed for the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr)’s Tactical Air Defense System (TLVS) program.
The IRIS-T SLS system can protect soldiers and infrastructure against missile, aircraft and attack helicopters.
Sweden is the first country to equip its forces with the newly developed IRIS-T SLM/SLS Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) family combining and integrating system elements (sensors/radars, command and control systems, communications systems) from various manufacturers into a single powerful weapon system.
Another advantage results from the multi-role capability of the IRIS-T missile, which was developed with Swedish participation and has been used for many years as an air-to-air weapon on Gripen fighter aircraft.