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Diehl Defence and Czech Company ERA Sign MoU for Ground-based Air Defense Systems

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Diehl Defence and Czech Company ERA Sign MoU for Ground-based Air Defense Systems

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Diehl Defence and Czech Company ERA Sign MoU for Ground-based Air Defense Systems
Diehl Defence and Czech Company ERA Sign MoU for Ground-based Air Defense Systems

Diehl Defence, a leading supplier for guided missiles and ground-based air defense systems (GBAD), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ERA, a member of OMNIPOL group, on the cooperation in the field of passive sensors and multi-sensor tracking capabilities for Diehl Defence ground-based air defense systems. ERA, based in the Czech Republic, is a leading company in multilateration, multistatic and reconnaissance technology with unrivalled experience in passive surveillance sensor development. On the occasion of the ILA Airshow, taking place in Berlin (Germany) this week, Helmut Rauch (CEO Diehl Defence) signed the MoU together with Ond?ej Chlost (CEO and Chairman of Board of Directors ERA) in the presence of the Czech and German National Armaments Directors Lubor Koudelka and Vice Admiral Carsten Stawitzki during a ceremony at the show.

The MoU foresees the intention of both companies to complement the Diehl Defence GBAD systems, primarily IRIS-T SLM, with ERA’s world-leading Passive ESM Tracker (PET). An access to another ERA product, Multi Sensor Tracker (MST), will allow the real-time data fusion of active and passive sensors. GBAD is one of the battle proven PET´s use-case. Thanks to supremacy in real-time detection, tracking and identification of airborne targets (e.g. fast movers, UAVs), a passive sensor plays a vital role in complementing active sensors in GBAD, otherwise vulnerable in electronic warfare. The availability of ERA components in the modular IRIS-T SLM architecture will offer customer nations additional options for their individual system configurations, providing Diehl Defence with a wider market potential.

Passive Surveillance ESM Tracker (PET) VERA-NG
Passive Surveillance ESM Tracker (PET) VERA-NG. (Photo by ERA)

Also as part of the MoU, both companies will assist each other in marketing efforts with multi-sensor capable and passive-sensor enabled GBAD systems. The availability of additional passive surveillance system options will be of particular interest to nations, which participate in the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI). ESSI was launched by the German government in August 2022 in order to enhance air defense capabilities of participating European countries. During the ongoing ILA Airshow in Berlin, ERA personnel is co-staffing the Diehl Defence display of GBAD systems in the Defence Park on the event premises. Here ERA representatives are performing tasks in the Tactical Operations Center (TOC) of an IRIS-T SLM fire unit, showcasing the integration of Passive ESM Tracker (PET) and Multi Sensor Tracker (MST) from ERA into the Diehl Defence GBAD system simulation.

Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG is a German weapon manufacturer headquartered in Überlingen. It operates as a division of Diehl Stiftung and specializes in the production of missiles and ammunition. Diehl BGT Defence was established in 2004 through the merger of Bodenseewerke Gerätetechnik GmbH and Diehl Munitionssysteme GmbH & Co. KG. In February 2017, Diehl BGT Defence and Diehl Defence Holding were integrated into Diehl Defence. In 1960, Bodenseewerke Gerätetechnik became the lead contractor for producing the American Sidewinder AIM-9B air-to-air missile in Europe. Building on the knowledge gained from the Sidewinder’s infrared homing technology, Diehl Defence developed the seeker system for the IRIS-T medium-range air-to-air missile. Introduced in 2005, the IRIS-T has been adopted by 13 countries as of October 2022.

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