Germany tees-off with Iris.
On 5 December 2005 the German Air Force took delivery of the first
series production Iris-T air-to-air missile for use with the Eurofighter
aircraft. Delivery of this first Iris-T (InfraRed Imaging
System--Tail/thrust-vector-controlled) signalled the beginning of series
deliveries from Diehl BGT Defence of over 4000 missiles to the six
European nations that are involved in the programme: Germany, Greece,
Italy, Norway, Sweden and Spain. The Iris-T is to become standard kit
for the Eurofighter, the Gripen, Tornado, F-16 and F-18 aircraft types.
Diehl is prime contractor in the Iris-T programme, with Saab Bofors
Dynamics, Nammo, MBDA-IT. Expal, HAI and others participating.