The GUARDION drone defence system combines the scalable solutions customized to very specific customer requirements to reliably detect and defend against threats posed by the unauthorized use of drones. GUARDION is offered as an integrated product. GUARDION focuses on integrating electronic detection, verification and countermeasures and connecting them to a position mapping and command and control tool. The HPEM counterUAS effectors from Diehl Defence, R&S®ARDRONIS from Rohde & Schwarz work with the TARANIS® command and control and position mapping system developed by ESG
In February 2019, Lockheed Martin, Diehl Defence and Saab announced an agreement to develop the Falcon™ air defence weapon system. According to a Lockheed Martin press release, Falcon integrates Diehl’s 40-kilometer range Infra-Red Imaging System Tail/Thrust Vector-Controlled (IRIS-T) SLM interceptor and vertical launcher, Saab’s 360-degree AESA Giraffe 4A radar through Lockheed Martin’s flexible SkyKeeper command and control battle manager. Falcon’s open architecture allows the system to easily integrate into any air operations centre.
In early 2022 Diehl Defense announced it was adding passive radar capabilities from Hensoldt to its ground-based air defense (GBAD) IRIS-T SLM unit to increase the surveillance capability of the overall system. The IRIS-T SLM is currently equipped with Hensoldt’s multifunction radar TRML-4D, and adding Hensoldt’s Twinvis passive radar will provide operators of the IRIS-T SLM system with additional functions, such as emission-free early detection of flying objects and the transmission of aerial photographs to the operators without putting the main sensor into operation, says the press release.