The Rheinmetall Electronics, Diehl Defence, and Hensoldt Sensors Arbeitsgemeinschaft (ARGE) Nah- und Nächstbereichsschutz (NNbS) short- and very short-range air defence (V/SHORAD) working group has submitted a final offer (BAFO) to the German armed forces, or Bundeswehr, according to a report by Jane’s. Oliver Hoffmann, Rheinmetall’s head of press and public relations, updated German-speaking defence journalists in Bonn on 24 August.
According to Jane’s: “Rheinmetall’s Andree Hornhardt, speaker for the ARGE NNbS operational management, said the working group’s BAFO includes improvements in various areas since its solution was last presented to German-speaking journalists in October 2022. Improvements to the IRIS-T SLM (Surface Launched Medium Range) ground-based air-defence (GBAD) system, which is being used by Ukraine and six of which are being procured by Germany, include installation of military Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Streitkräftegemeinsame Verbundfähige Funkgeräte-Ausstattung (SVFuA) joint radio system, adaptation to information technology (IT) security, and logistics optimisation. In addition, the GBAD’s TRML-4D radar’s target set has been expanded, its encryption has been improved, and a weapon location function has been added. The 360° IRIS-T SLM system has eight missiles with a range of 40 km at a ceiling up to 20 km, and the TRML-4D has a 250 km range with its own weapon tracking and identification friend-or-foe (IFF) Mode 5 system”.
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