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Ukraine receives the first IRIS-T air defense system from Germany

On October 11, Germany supplied the first of the four IRIS-T SLM anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine the day after Russian forces launched a massive strike on Ukraine. On October 10, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said that the other three systems would be delivered to Ukraine in 2023.

IRIS-T SLM (Infra Red Imaging System Tail/Thrust Vector-Controlled Surface Launched Medium Range) air defense system is designed to protect civilians by repelling air attacks by the Russian army. It is considered to be one of the most advanced air defense systems able to intercept fast-moving and miniature targets, such as air-to-air/surface-to-air missiles and air-to-surface/surface-to-surface missiles and rockets, UAV/drones, and cruise missiles; to improve the probability of a direct hit, the missile is equipped with an active radar proximity sensor.

According to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, 19 people died and another 105 were injured as a result of Russian missile attacks on Ukraine on October 10.

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