The functionality of the short-range air-to-air missile IRIS-T (Infra Red Imaging System Tail/Thrust Vector-Controlled), produced by Diehl Defence, Germany, and having been selected for the combat jets Eurofighter/Typhoon, F-16, EF-18, Tornado and Gripen, has again been extended.
After its initial optimization for air-to-air use, it has already been procured for short-range (IRIS-T SLS) ground-based air defence. Now functionality has been enhanced with an air-to-surface engagement capability. This basic air-to-ground capability provides the ability to acquire, track and engage individual ground targets like boats/ships, small buildings and vehicles and has been successfully verified in September 2016 by a test firing from a Norwegian F-16.
Now usable in air-to-ground engagements as well, IRIS-T is the worldwide best performing short-range air-to-air missile setting new standards in its market segment.
As part of full aircraft integration, IRIS-T supports a configuration with various sensor systems including radar and Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (HMCS) ready to use in existing aircraft systems.