Diehl Defence has successfully completed the demonstration of its infra-red imaging system-tail/thrust vector-controlled (IRIS-T) SLM ground-based air defence system at the Overberg Test Range in South Africa.
Supported by the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Australian Department of Defence, the test launch demonstrated the full functionality of the IRIS-T SLM system during real live firing.
During testing, the system detected a low flying DO DT-25 type target drone, and then established a stable track, prior to launching a missile at a distance of approximately 20km, which intercepted the target with a direct hit.
The target data updates from the radar were provided to the missile through the data link during the entire flight, thereby enabling the infrared seeker to lock onto the target in flight for the endgame.
All hardware and software components performed flawlessly during demonstration, according to the company.
The IRIS-T SLM used for the demonstration featured the new CEA Technologies-built CEAFAR radar, a tactical operation center (TOC) employing both the BMD-Flex command, control and communication system, and the Oerlikon Skymaster battle management system, in addition to the IRIS-T SL launching station with Diehl Defence missiles.
The demonstration follows two successful test firings carried out in November 2013, during which the IRIS-T SL launcher and missile were tested as part of a contract with the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAIN Bw).
Manufactured as part of a German-led multinational programme, the IRIS-T air-to-air missile is intended to replace the AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles currently in service with several NATO member countries.
The missile is installed on the Swedish Air Force’s Gripen fighter aircraft, Eurofighter Typhoon, F-16, F/A-18, and the Tornado aircraft of Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway and Spain.
Image: The IRIS-T SL guided missile during the demonstration firing at the Overberg Test Range in South Africa. Photo: © 2014 Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG.