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Ukraine Received the Second IRIS-T System

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The IRIS-T air defense system - Illustrative photo from open sources
The IRIS-T air defense system - Illustrative photo from open sources

The system was delivered to Ukraine a few days ago

This information was spreaded by Spiegel.

Ukraine received the first air defense system in October of last year, immediately after Russia’s first attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

Read more: ​Ukrainian Journalist Gets a Glimpse of IRIS-T Air Defense System

IRIS-T was also baptized by fire in October last year.

In January of this year, the Ukrainian military discussed the operation of the system in more detail. In its first use, the air defense system hit 100 percent of the targets, mostly cruise missiles.

At the beginning of March this year, it was reported that the Ukrainian military was mastering the IRIS-T SLM air defense system in Germany.

According to Spiegel, Sweden transferred 12 IRIS-T-SLS launchers to Germany. Currently, the vehicles on which they can be mounted for further delivery to Ukraine are being searched for.

IRIS-T is a German medium-range anti-aircraft missile system (SAM).

The system is designed to destroy cruise and ballistic missiles, as well as aircraft, helicopters, and UAVs.

IRIS-T ADS. February 2023. Ukraine. Photo - Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
IRIS-T ADS. February 2023. Ukraine. Photo - Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The basis for this air defense system is the modified air-to-air IRIS-T missile.

There are medium and small radius modifications of the system. The IRIS-T SLM allows hitting the aerial targets at a distance of up to 40 km, and with the “shorter” SLS version – up to 25 km.

Launchers can be based on a wheeled (MAN 8×8) or tracked chassis (two-section all-terrain BvS10 vehicle) and contain four or eight containers with missiles for vertical launch.

The primary means of detecting aerial objects are the CEAFAR GBMMR radar with active phased antenna grates. The system can also operate with the German TRML-4D radar (Hensoldt), which detects aerial targets at a distance of up to 250 km.

Read more: Ukraine Can Get Additional IRIS-T Air Defense Systems