German Armed Forces Secure Cutting-Edge TRML-4D Radars for IRIS-T SLM Air Defense System

by Zaur Babashov | Thursday, Jul 13, 2023 | 188 views

Taufkirchen, Germany, July 13, 2023 – In a significant development for the German Armed Forces, sensor specialist HENSOLDT has been contracted to supply six cutting-edge TRML-4D radars as part of Diehl Defence’s IRIS-T SLM air defense missile system. The multimillion-euro order will address a critical capability gap and pave the way for the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI). The Bundeswehr is set to receive the first system next year.

Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT, expressed his enthusiasm about the deal, stating, “This order not only fills a crucial void in the Bundeswehr’s defense capabilities but also marks the initiation of the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI). Through collaboration with our partners Diehl and Airbus, we are reinforcing both national and alliance defense.”

The TRML-4D radar, utilizing state-of-the-art digital technology, will play a vital role in detecting, tracking, and classifying various aerial targets. It places emphasis on rapidly identifying small, fast-moving, low-flying, and maneuvering cruise missiles, aircraft, and helicopters. The system boasts an impressive capability to detect and track up to 1,500 targets within a 250 km radius. Multiple TRML-4D systems are slated to equip the Ukrainian air defense under a separate agreement.

Diehl Defence, Airbus, and HENSOLDT have jointly developed solutions that align seamlessly with NATO’s integrated air defense architecture, demonstrating their interoperability and compatibility.

With decades of expertise in air defense radar systems, HENSOLDT remains at the forefront of advancing key technologies in this field. Alongside the TRML-4D multifunction radar, the company’s comprehensive portfolio includes the Twinvis passive radar, the Spexer product family, and radars for maritime and aviation traffic management. HENSOLDT’s radar systems are used in various applications, including equipping the German Navy’s new frigates and corvettes, monitoring German airspace, and providing approach control at Bundeswehr airfields.

The TRS-4D/TRML-4D Radar Family represents HENSOLDT’s latest state-of-the-art naval and ground tactical radars operating in the C-Band (NATO G-Band).

These radar systems offer multifunctional surveillance capabilities and target acquisition, delivering reliable tactical information and effective weapon assignment.

Employing advanced Gallium Nitride Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) sensor technology with multiple digitally formed beams, the TRML-4D radar is purpose-built for near-to-long-range ground-to-air detection and weapon assignment. It excels at detecting, tracking, and classifying various air targets, with a specific focus on small, fast-moving, low-flying, and maneuvering cruise missiles, aircraft, and hovering helicopters.

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