Diehl Defence: IRIS-T SLM interoperability demonstrated during NATO exercise

By Defence Indstry Europe

Diehl Defence, a German defence technology company, participated in NATO's Joint Project Optic Windmill 2023 (JPOW2023) exercise, where it demonstrated the interoperability of its IRIS-T SLM ground-based air defence system. The exercise was held in March 2023 in Vredepeel, the Netherlands, with the main objective being "Peer Opponent, Multi Domain." This year's exercise focused on integrated air defence and interoperability at all levels of command, with 13 different nations conducting individual experiments and joint missions with their systems.

Developed by Diehl Defence in partnership with Airbus and HENSOLDT, the IRIS-T SLM system was tested as a “future system” under the command of the German Air Force. The system’s interoperability was tested by evaluating its connectivity, time synchronization, and air situation exchange in the network. The management of tactical data links necessary for this and “command and control” experiments were also a part of the exercise. The German and Dutch “Control and Reporting Center” (CRC) and “Surface-to-Air-Missile Operations Center” (SAMOC) command post of the German Air Force, among others, guided the system.

The NATO armed forces’ interoperability is critical in enabling joint reconnaissance, decision-making, and action. Daily briefings between all participants improved the systems involved’s interoperability operationally, tactically, and technically in terms of data exchange. Achieving this milestone in the program’s history will help accelerate the immediate procurement of the system by the German government.

The IRIS-T SLM system is a highly advanced ground-based air defence system designed to provide protection against a wide range of air threats, including aircraft, helicopters, and drones. The system uses the advanced IRIS-T air-to-air missile, which is already in service with the German and other NATO air forces. The system provides a highly mobile, modular, and scalable solution that can be tailored to meet specific mission requirements.

According to the company, the IRIS-T SLM system’s performance in the JPOW2023 exercise demonstrated its ability to operate in a joint and multinational environment. The system’s modular architecture and advanced networking capabilities enable seamless integration with other air defence systems, making it an ideal choice for NATO air defence requirements.

“The achievement of this milestone in the program’s history will help accelerate the immediate procurement of the system by the German government”, Diehl Defence said in a press release.




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