What is the IRIS-T Surface-Launched-Missile (SLM) system?

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European Union and NATO members Estonia and Latvia will soon begin negotiations with Germany's Diehl Defence for the purchase of the IRIS-T SLM air defense system.

About IRIS-T Surface-Launched-Missile (SLM) system:

  • It is the medium-range version of the IRIS-T SL air defense missile system designed and produced by the German company Diehl Defense.
  • The system provides comprehensive 360° protection against aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles, and guided weapons.
  • It enables simultaneous engagement of multiple targets from very short to medium-range within extremely brief reaction times
  • It is suited for both mobile and stationary deployment. 
  • Features:
    • Each system comprises three vehicles: a missile launcher, a radar, and a fire-control radar, with integrated logistics and support.
    • It is equipped with a radar with a range of 250 kilometers (155 miles). 
    • The missiles, which use infrared imaging to identify targets, are said to have a range of 40 kilometers (25 miles) and a maximum altitude of 20 kilometers (12.4 miles).


Q1) What is Patriot (MIM-104)?

Patriot (MIM-104) is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defence system to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft. It is produced by Raytheon in Massachusetts and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Florida.

Source: Estonia and Latvia look to purchase mid-range air defence from Germany