Diehl Defence

Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG is a German arms manufacturer and a subsidiary of the Diehl Stiftung with headquarters in Überlingen. Diehl Defence mainly produces missiles and ammunition. Diehl BGT Defence was founded in 2004 as result of the merger of Bodenseewerke Gerätetechnik GmbH and Diehl Munitionssysteme GmbH & Co. KG. Diehl BGT Defence and Diehl Defence Holding are merged into Diehl Defence in February 2017.[2]

Diehl Defence
ProductsMissiles, anti-aircraft defence systems, active protection systems, electronic countermeasures, precision-guided munitions, ammunition
Revenue €464 million (2018)[1]
Number of employees
2,509 (2018)[1]

In 1960, Bodenseewerke Gerätetechnik became the prime contractor for the European production of the American Sidewinder AIM-9B air-to-air missile. Based on the experience with the Sidewinder, Diehl recently developed a progressive new seeker for a new type of short-range air-to-air missile - the IRIS-T.

IRIS-T is currently being adopted by the German Air Force and other European air forces.[3]



  1. Diehl. "Annual Report 2018" (PDF).
  2. "Defence business under single roof" (Press release). Diehl Defence. 1 February 2017. Archived from the original on 17 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  3. http://www.deagel.com/Defensive-Weapons/IRIS-T-SL_a001103003.aspx
  4. DM51 entry at WeaponSystems.net Accessed on 11 October 2014
  5. Diehl Defence 2010 Hand Grenade Brochure Archived 22 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine Accessed on 11 October 2014
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