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Iris-T takes down meteor. (Digest).

October 2002 saw the BGT Iris-T test firing campaign go out with a bang when the missile scored a direct hit on a Meteor Mirach 100/5 target drone flying at high subsonic speed. Although the drone was pulling maximum Gs and applying infrared countermeasures the Iris-T, fired from a German F-4, locked on and destroyed its target. The battery of tests included launches made from very high off-bore sight angles, under different G-loads and included look down-shoot down engagements. Early 2003 will see a final government test firing campaign called the PTR (Performance Test Round), the completion of which will signal the finalisation of BGT's Iris T development phase. Series production is expected to begin in 2003 with deliveries by the end of 2004. (BGT)
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Date:Dec 1, 2002
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