IRIS-T Guided Missile Family IRIS-T

IRIS-T air-to-air guided missile

IRIS-T is a high-agility, short-range air-to-air guided missile with infrared seeker head for air engagement in the short and very short range but also for longer-range interception missions. The target can be designated by the airborne radar or via the pilot's helmet sight. Sophisticated real-time image processing techniques enable precise control with optimum hit accuracy as well as excellent ECM resistance, also covering new blinding lasers. Simultaneously, thrust vector control provides the missile with unsurpassed maneuverability, enabling successful engagement of targets behind the aircraft. IRIS-T's exceptional precision in combination with a radar proximity fuze also enable the missile to intercept enemy missiles.

IRIS-T has been selected as standard weapon for the Eurofighter, F-16, EF-18, Tornado and Gripen fighter aircraft.


In developing, producing and integrating advanced infrared- and dual-mode seeker head systems in sensor technology, the focus lies on passive and active electro-optical sensors in the entire wavelength spectrum. 

Signal and image processing deals with the design, implementation and testing of algorithms to process sensor and image signals necessary for the guidance of missiles and effectors.


Series deliveries to the program nations Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Spain started in December 2005. Further export customers are Austria, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.


Diehl Defence is the prime contractor of the missile program and produces IRIS-T in cooperation with industrial partners from the six European program nations.


Gerhard Dußler
Marketing IRIS-T
Phone +49 7551 89 2895