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IRIS-T  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 4,000
Unitary Cost: USD$270,000
Also Known As: RB98
Origin: Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden
Corporations: Diehl-Gruppe, MBDA and Saab
Parent System: IRIS-T
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 4,000
Total Cost: USD$1.1 billion
Family Members: IDAS, IRIS-T SL, IRIS-T SLS and LFK NG
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Description: The IRIS-T is an International initiative to replace current AIM-9L/M Sidewinder short-range, air-to-air missiles. The missile combines advanced aerodynamics and thrust vector control in a tail controlled airframe to achieve outstanding performance. It utilizes a solid-propellant rocket motor. IRIS-T features a roll-pitch (128x128) IR seeker with �90� look angle for high off-boresight angle missile engagements. Engagements against targets in the rear hemisphere can be done successfully with the missile locked-on target after launch. IRIS-T outstanding agility is the key to successfully engage highly maneuverable advanced aircraft.
Overall, IRIS-T delivers increased agility, target acquisition range, hit accuracy, a more effective warhead and considerably improved protection against countermeasures compared with the Sidewinder missile. The mass, length, diameter and interface of the IRIS-T missile are very close to its predecessor achieving a high degree of compatibility which is a must for the IRIS-T program. During the flight tests, the IRIS-T achieved direct impact on the target even with IRCM (IR countermeasures) presence. The highly maneuverable IRIS-T missile will be integrated onto Typhoon, Gripen, F-16, Tornado, and F/A-18 aircraft. Dhiel BGT is the prime contractor for the program and Germany is the lead nation.
In October 2003, Spain joined the IRIS-T program ordering 700 missiles to be integrated on the Spanish Air Force Typhoon and F/A-18 fighter aircraft. All in, IRIS-T program represents around 4,000 missiles for the armed forces of Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden.
The one billion Euro contract covering IRIS-T series production was signed on December 20, 2004, between German Federal Office for Military Technology and Procurement (BWB) and Diehl BGT Defence & Co. KG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dhiel Group. BWB acted on behalf of the six European partner nations participating in this program. Deliveries of the 4,000 missiles are expected to begin in 2005 and to be ongoing until 2011.

IRIS-T Applications


Strike & Fighter Aircraft JAS 39C Gripen JAS 39D Gripen JAS 39E Gripen JAS 39F Gripen Tornado IDS Typhoon Typhoon T1

IRIS-T Specifications

Coverage
Off-Boresight Capability: 90 �
Dimensions
Diameter: 127 millimeter
Length: 3 meter
Weight
Weight: 89 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

IRIS-T News

There are 8 news between
27 Oct 2003 and 7 Sep 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009Saudi Arabia Orders IRIS-T Air-to-Air Missile for its Tornado and Typhoon Jets
Tuesday, June 17, 20081000th IRIS-T Guided Missile Delivered
Wednesday, May 28, 2008South African Air Force Selects IRIS-T Short Range Air-to-Air Missile
Tuesday, March 25, 2008First Tranche of 144 Eurofighters Delivered to Partner Nations
Tuesday, November 7, 2006Saab Carries Out IRIS-T Integration on Gripen Aircraft
Thursday, December 29, 2005Saab Awarded IRIS-T Integration Contract on Gripen
Thursday, October 7, 2004FMS: Turkish Air Force Seeks to Modernize F-16 Fleet
Monday, October 27, 2003Spain Joins IRIS-T Program

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Austria?
Selected to equip Eurofighter aircraft
Germany1,250
Greece350
South Africa?
Selected as interim solution for SAAF Gripen aircraft pending delivery of A-Darter air-to-air missile
Spain700
YearHoldings
2011110
Sweden?
YearHoldings
2012-
2009-

Grand Total 2,30010
 

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