IRIS-T short range air-to-air missile (SRAAM) of Diehl BGT
Defence, a subsidiary of Diehl Defence, was selected by the
South African Air Force to equip their Gripen fighter
aircraft. The IRIS-T was chosen to arm the SAAF Gripen as
interim solution until the local missile development – the A
Darter – will be operational.
The South African Acquisition Organization, Armscor placed a
contract for the procurement of IRIS-T in the second half of
May 2008. In the course of 2009, the IRIS-T missile will be
fully operational with the Gripens of the South African Air
Force. South Africa is the second export customer for the
European missile. Austria selected the IRIS-T missile at the
end of 2005 with full deliveries in 2007.
The IRIS-T missile, a state-of-the-art SRAAM with unrivalled
performance capabilities, entered service with the Air
Forces of Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden
at the end of 2005. The IRIS-T is a six nation program under
German lead with Diehl BGT Defence acting as industrial
prime contractor. The Swedish Air Force operates the IRIS-T
missile on its Gripens as well.
Today there are around 4.000 missiles in the order books.
Apart from the Gripen aircraft, the
IRIS-T missile has been integrated into the Eurofighter
(Typhoon), F-16, F-18 and Tornado.
The IRIS-T Short Range Air to Air missile will be on display
at Africa Aerospace & Defence -
AAD 2008 – to be held in Cape Town from 17-21 September
Diehl BGT Defence is supported in South Africa by Aerospace
Consulting and Services GmbH (www.acns.de).