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Diehl Defense will be bringing a portfolio of its products, including ammunition, missiles, an air defense system, and a new non-lethal technology to the 2012 Eurosatory exhibition in Paris this June.

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One of Diehl’s major product lines is a variety of advanced missiles:

Sidewinder: Originally developed by the U.S. Navy, this air-to-air infrared-seeking weapon has been manufactured under license by Diehl since the early 1960s. While the U.S. Navy developed the AIM-9L upgrade, Diehl has carried out further enhancements to the L/1 and L/I-1 versions currently in use throughout NATO.

IRIS: This family of missiles is available in three main variants. The IRIS-T is an air-to-air guided missile with high agility for short-range engagements. It uses infrared (IR) guidance combined with a radar proximity fuse and boasts high electronic countermeasures resistance, including the ability to ignore blinding lasers commonly used as a defense against IR seekers. It is agile enough to engage other missiles. The IRIS-T SLS (for “surface-launched, short-range”) is a ground-based version of the IRIS-T designed for point defense of installations such as airfields and radar units. It mounts on a Unimog 5000 vehicle but can be adapted to other platforms used by client countries. Finally, the IRIS-T SL is another surface-launched variant adapted with an aerodynamic hood, data link, and GPS/inertial guidance for longer-range engagements, including against non-ballistic missiles.

LKF-NG: The LKF is a surface-to-air guided missile; the NG stands for New Generation. It is a lightweight, tube-launched missile designed for short-range (up to altitudes of 5,000 meters and out to ranges of 10 kilometers) point defense against air threats up to non-ballistic missiles. It uses a “common front end” guidance unit, including IR seeker, power supply, data link, flight control computer, and image processor, that can be mounted on other missiles as a cost-saving measure in the development of new systems.

IDAS: IDAS (Interactive Defense and Attack System) is designed for submarines. It is designed to be launched from a torpedo tube so that the submarine need not surface to engage air, surface, and missile threats, and is the first sub-launched missile that can operate underwater without the need for a protective capsule. It has an infrared seeker head and autopilot to operate autonomously, but the missile can be controlled by the operator via a fiber-optic data link to switch targets or abort the flight. It combines a high-precision seeker with a smaller warhead to ensure target destruction while minimizing collateral damage.

Diehl has more highly-capable systems to offer, and we’ll consider the rest of its missile lineup in our next article.

Daniel is a 15-year veteran of infantry units of the Louisiana Army National Guard. He has deployed to Iraq twice (2004-05 and 2010) and currently serves as first sergeant of Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry, 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Daniel currently competes in combat shooting matches for both rifle and pistol with the National Guard.