Germany enhances country’s air defence with IRIS-T SLM

By Defence Industry Europe

In a bid to enhance its air defence capabilities and strengthen alliances, Germany is set to acquire six IRIS-T SLM air defence systems for its air force.

According to Reuters, the total cost of the purchase is estimated to be around EUR 900 million. The final decision on this acquisition will be made by German lawmakers on Wednesday.

While Germany has previously procured two IRIS-T SLM units from Diehl Defence for Ukraine and pledged to send two more systems to Kyiv, it has not yet equipped its own armed forces with this advanced air defence system.

The IRIS-T SLM system, with a range of approximately 40 kilometres, is highly coveted among the weapons supplied by Berlin to Kyiv. Renowned for its effectiveness and reliability, the IRIS-T SLM system is poised to significantly enhance Germany’s air defence capabilities.

This purchase not only strengthens Germany’s commitment to supporting Ukraine’s defence needs but also bolsters domestic security by equipping the German air force with advanced air defence systems. The acquisition underscores Germany’s dedication to fostering strong alliances and reinforcing its role as a reliable partner in the realm of global security.

The decision to invest in the IRIS-T SLM air defence systems reflects Germany’s proactive approach in ensuring the safety of its airspace and demonstrates its commitment to standing at the forefront of cutting-edge defence technology.


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