Air defence: Slovenia plans to acquire IRIS-T SLM system

By Defence Industry Europe

According to local media, the Slovenian Ministry of Defence intends to acquire the Diehl Defence's IRIS-T SLM air defence system. The number of systems that Ljubljana plans to acquire has not been disclosed, but it is indicated that the future contract could be worth EUR 200 million and will also include a training and logistics package.

The IRIS-T SLM air defence system proves itself in the conditions of a real full-scale military conflict in Ukraine. It has been purchased by the armed forces of Estonia and Latvia, for whom it will be a significant qualitative leap, just like for the Slovenians. The Ministry of Defence of Slovenia wants the investment to be understood as a national contribution to the emerging NATO air defence network.

Recently, the IRIS-T SLM system has also been contracted for the Bundeswehr.

Slovenia is a member of the European Sky Shield Initiative programme, which aims to create a joint European defence against airborne threats under the leadership of Germany. The basis of the new project consists of the IRIS-T SLM and PATRIOT air defence systems, which together will provide medium and long-range air defence.



The planned acquisition of the IRIS-T SLM system has already caused tensions in the Slovenian government, facing criticism from a left-wing coalition partner claiming that Slovenia does not need to buy air defence systems to enhance its security.

The IRIS-T SLM fire unit of three missile launchers, a TOC command center with a fire control system, and a multifunctional TRML-4D radar station (produced by HENSOLDT) operating in the centimeter C-band with a range of 250 km. The system is designed to engage targets at a distance of 40km and at an altitude of 20km. Diehl Defence, the manufacturer of system, ensures that the IRIS-T SLM can simultaneously engage multiple targets. Effectors can engage combat aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, and maneuvering and artillery rockets.




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