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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 4,000
Unitary Cost: USD$270,000
Also Known As: AIM-2000, InfraRed Imaging System - Tail/Thrust Vector Controlled and 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, InfraRed Imaging System - Tail/Thrust Vector Controlled, 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. The missile design is flexible enough allowing development of surface-launch variants.

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

Combat Aircraft JAS 39C Gripen JAS 39D Gripen JAS 39E Gripen JAS 39F Gripen KF-X Tornado IDS Typhoon Typhoon T

IRIS-T Specifications

Off-Boresight Capability: 90 �
Diameter: 127 millimeter (5 inch)
Length: 3 meter (118 inch)
Weight: 89 kilogram (196 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
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There are 13 news between
27 Oct 2003 and 26 Oct 2018
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Friday, October 26, 2018Gripen E Conducts First Missile Firing
Thursday, June 21, 2018Thailand Orders Another Batch of IRIS-T Air-to-Air Missiles
Thursday, December 8, 2016Royal Norwegian Air Force Demonstrates IRIS-T Missile in Air-to-Ground Mission
Tuesday, May 10, 2016Spanish EF-18 Fighters Jet to Receive Scorpion Helmet Mounted Display Systems
Monday, September 8, 2014IRIS-T Missile Program Reaches 4,000th Unit Produced Milestone
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

Operators & Related Equipment

Selected to equip Eurofighter aircraft
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Selected as interim solution for SAAF Gripen aircraft pending delivery of A-Darter air-to-air missile

Grand Total 2,30011
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