Sweden buys IRIS-T surface-to-air missiles


The Swedish Defence Material Administration has awarded Diehl Defence a contract to deliver IRIS-T SLS surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems for the country’s armed forces. 

The units comprise of IRIS-T missile, missile launching stations and fire control systems. Diehl said the surface-to-air-missile systems are aimed at improving Sweden’s air defence by protecting against air attacks from a large variety of threats including missiles, helicopters and aircraft.
“Following deployment, the mobile system allows fully automatic operation 24 hours a day. The Swedish Army will operate the SAM fire units, together with a new Command and Control System as well as modernized sensors from Saab,” Diehl Defence said in a statement.

IRIS-T SLS employs the standard IRIS-T air-to-air missile and is the short-range complement to the medium-range IRIS-T SLM ground-based air defence system of Diehl DefenceIRIS-T SLM is based on the SAM system development in Germany for national air defence, Diehl added.

Delivery of the first IRIS-T SLS systems is scheduled to commence in 2016. As partner of the European missile programme, Sweden has already introduced the IRIS-T air-to-air missile for its Gripen fighter aircraft.