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    Euromore fighter with IRIS t still more effectively

    Köln/Wittstock, 02.12.2005.
    The Air Force takes the first IRIS t Flugkörper of the quantity production in receipt on 5 December 2005 at the fighter wing 73 "stone-hopes". Thus the weapon system euro verfügtmore fighter for the first time more über the newest Lenkflugkörper generation für the aerial combat and for self-defense.
    IRIS T in testingGrere illustration indicate
    (source Diehl bgt defence)
    IRIS t (publicized: Infra talking Imaging system € "Tail/Thurst vector control LED) is a air air Lenkflugkörper für ranges up to 25 kilometers. The system was developed as successor of the Sidewinder of system and is now the Primärbewaffnung of the euroof fighters. With that more than three Mach snap Flugkörper können airborne targets as for example hostile airplanes or Flugkörper to be effectively bekämpft. Darüber outside is used IRIS t also for the self-defense of the Trägerflugzeugs.
    For this year and delivers Germany produces as pilot nation as well as Spain, Italy, Sweden, Greece and Norway IRIS t in the Ländern involved. With the development of the Lenkflugkörpers as well as the infrared seeker the newest verfügbaren technologies became related. So erhöht IRIS t now œberlebenswahrscheinlichkeit and Durchsetzungsfähigkeit of the airplane compared with assigned Flugkörpern clearly.

    http://www.bundeswehr.de/C1256EF4002...JPBS5376INFODE
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    IRIS t officially to the fighter wing 73 "stone-hope" hand over Laage - on the air base Laage met on 5 November the representatives of the Air Forces, industry involved and Ministries of the six participant nations, in order to take the first air-to-air guided missile of the type "IRIS t" officially in receipt. "that is a really important day, not only for the Air Force, but also for our development to a European defense identity", Ministerialdirektor said Dr. Juergen fights of the Federal Ministry of the defense in its speech. "a visible indication of the abilities of the European armaments industry" the meaning of the project IRIS t is paneuropaeisch: In order to bundle and the costs to divide be able authority, united before nine years Germany, Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Greece, in order to together develop a successor for the short-distance air-to-air rocket "Sidewinder". That the product could be handed over to this co-operation now after nine years development time to first of participating air forces, was a "visible indication of the abilities of the European armaments industry", as the inspector of the Air Force, lieutenant general Klaus-Peter Stieglitz in its speech determined. Singular rating for a safe future after this delivery possesses the Air Force the at present most progressive and most modern air-to-air guided missile of the world. The new short-range missile with the name "IRIS t" (Infra talking Imaging system - Trail/Trust Vector control) is able to fight goals at a distance of up to 25 kilometers precisely. The central novelty of the system is an illustrating infrared seeker. It possesses a five times higher erfassungsreichweite than the seekers comparable, older missile and of a programmable computer is steered, which accommodates a singular treatment of pictures with a highly soluble thermal image camera. Thus IRIS t can the actual target object recognize and to the firing independently to the goal fly, without from diverson bodies to errs to be led. Eurofighter and Tornado will be final in the future with IRIS t equip the complete integration of the IRIS t into the Air Force and into air forces of the partner nations in the near future. Then Swedish Gripen, the F-16 for Norway and Greece, will be equipped with the ultramodern guided missile the F-18 of the Spaniards, the German Tornado and the Italian, Spanish and German Eurofighter.

    http://www.luftwaffe.de/
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  • #2
    http://www.eurofighter-typhoon.co.uk.../AA/irist.html

    In the 1980's Britain, Germany and the U.S. agreed (with support from their other European allies) to produce and procure a replacement for the AIM-9 Sidewinder. The basic idea was that while the U.S. developed AMRAAM (a replacement for Sparrow) for the medium range role, Britain and Germany would produce ASRAAM for short range engagments. Unfortunately the agreement soon flounded with the U.S. initiating its own project to replace the Sidewinder. This left Britain and Germany alone to complete work on ASRAAM.

    With the fall of the Communism in the East and the reunification of Germany the Luftwaffe found themselves with large stockpiles of the AA-11 Archer, the USSR's primary short range weapon. Although the West where aware of Archer being more advanced than the AIM-9L Sidewinder Germany quickly concluded that the capabilities had been noticeably under-estimated. In particular the Archer was found to be both more far more manoeuvrable and far more capable in terms of seeker aquisition and tracking. These conclusions led Germany to question certain aspects of the design of ASRAAM, particularly the lack of thrust vectoring to aid manoeuvrability. On-going discussions between Germany and Britain eventually failed in 1990 when no short or medium term compromise could be reached. Subsequently Germany withdrew from the ASRAAM project, Britain continued alone to produce and procure ASRAAM.

    During this time BGT (Bodenseewerk Geratecknik) had continued work on a new high resolution scanning imaging infra red seeker. In 1995 Germany announced its intention with several partner nations (Italy, Sweden and Greece, later joined by Canada and Norway) to commence development of its own short range weapon The weapon was to be named, IRIS-T, Infra Red Imagery Sidewinder Tail-controlled with workshare arrangements thus; Germay 46%, Italy 19%, Sweden 18%, Greece 13% the remainder split between Canada and Norway. The system would build upon BGT's involvement in production of the existing AIM-9 Sidewinder as well as its seeker work. As with ASRAAM the IRIS-T retains complete interoperability with AIM-9. Any aircraft capable of carrying and firing Sidewinder will be capable of launching IRIS-T.
    BGT/SAAB/Alenia-Marconi IRIS-T [6.21kb]
    BGT/SAAB/Alenia-Marconi IRIS-T

    Although based on the AIM-9 design IRIS-T improves upon it quite substantially in practically every area. The missile consists of basically five sections; guidance, fuze, warhead, motor and tail control. The guidance section contains a BGT designed scanning imaging Indium-Antimonide infra-red sensor. The array has a resolution of 128 by 128 pixels which combined with digital signal processing (provided by a SAAB built DSP) gives the missile an ability to see its target and even aim for certain specific sections. In addition the seeker offers an off-boresight capability of 90 degrees in all directions. This gives it the ability to be launched over the shoulder via an appropriate cueing system (eg. a Helmet Mounted Sight), targetting data can also be taken from the launch platforms radar. Initial guidance is provided by a strap-down inertial navigation system built by Litton Italia. Behind the sensor sits an active radar based fuze built by Alenia-Marconi. This provides both range and range-rate information allowing the missile to detonate its warhead at a pre-determined distance form the target.

    Next in line is a dual-layer High Explosive fragmentation warhead designed and built by Greece's GPCC. Behind this sit the main propulsion and control systems. A new motor built by FiatAvio of Italy and Nammo of Norway is included which utilises a smokeless propellant arranged in a star-shaped formation within the combustion chamber. This section also provides the attachment point for four wings providing additional lift. The rear most section, the responsibility of Canada's AlliedSignal contains the thrust vectoring nozzle as well as four fins. The nozzle, which provides for flight control utilises four vanes placed within the exhaust. By directly controlling the position of these the thrust can be vectored in any required direction. Such an arrangement provides a large increase in achievable manoueverability, turns in excess of 50g are made possible.

    The Swedish Air Force has already commited to purchasing IRIS-T for its JAS-39 Gripen fleet when deliveries begin in 2002. To enable deployment SAAB-BAE Systems have already carried out test flights of a Helmet Mounted Sight for the Gripen allowing IRIS-T to be fully utilised. Beyond Germany and Sweden, Norway is also expected to purchase the weapon as a replacement for AIM-9 aboard its F-16's. In addition both Denmark and Belgium are interested in purchasing the weapon.

    In October 2000 the first air launched firings of the missile occured from F-16's of the Hellenic Air Force. This was followed first in March 2002 by a pre-programmed launch against a drone target and later by a seeker guided firing in April 2002. The missile, launched from an F-4 Phantom flying off the coast of Sardinia successfully tracked and brought down the drone. According to BGT development remains on track and initial production versions of the missile are due to be made available by mid-2002 with full production occuring in late-2002/early-2003. IRIS-T is set to gain full operational clearance before the end of 2005. This date should mirror the first fully operational Eurofighter Typhoon squadrons in Luftwaffe service, IRIS-T being the primary short range weapon for German Eurofighters.
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    • #3
      Who all has obught this thing - and how many?

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      • #4
        Germany, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Greece, Norway.
        Germany wants to buy 2.560 "things", how much the others buy I don't know.
        Last edited by JG73; 06 Dec 05,, 00:35.
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        • #5
          How does it compare to the AIM-9X?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Franco Lolan
            How does it compare to the AIM-9X?

            I'm later going to say something about it. Currently I have no time. ;)
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            • #7
              Any photos of Eurofighters in German colors out there?
              The black flag is raised: Ban them all... Let the Admin sort them out.

              I know I'm going to have the last word... I have powers of deletion and lock.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Horrido
                Any photos of Eurofighters in German colors out there?
                http://www.airliners.net
                http://www.jetfly.de/ef2000.htm
                http://www.flugzeugforum.de -> you have to create an account to see pictures
                Forum>Flugpltze>Regulrer Flugbetrieb in Laage (ETNL/RLG) ....there they are

                The body colour is FS 35237, the radom is FS 36314.
                Last edited by JG73; 07 Dec 05,, 00:57.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Franco Lolan
                  How does it compare to the AIM-9X?
                  Both have thrust-vectoring and a 90 tiltable seeker, which makes thus a 180 field of view possible, both possess a imaging IR seeker with 128x128 detector elements, both are applicable with helmet mounted sights. An outstanding point with the IRIS-T seem to be it's anti-anti-IR measures, it's anti ECM-measures, what I did not find so much about with the AIM-9X. A significant advantage of the IRIS-T however seems to be the larger Canards and/or Finns, which is smaller held with the AIM-9X from space reasons (must fit into the weapon bays of the F-22), which favour maneuverability additionally. Therefore the AIM-9X seems to be faster.
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