Diehl Defense has signed a contract to supply additional short range air-air missiles IRIS-T (InfraRed Imaging System – Tail/Thrust Vector Controlled) to Thailand earlier this month.
The Royal Thai Air force had selected the European short-range missile for arming first their Gripen- and later also their F-16 fighter aircraft in 2011. In addition, the new procurement plans to integrate the missile additionally into the F-5 fleet, making IRIS-T standard armament of the Royal Thai Air Force, the company said in a statement Wednesday.
IRIS-T is a short-range air-to-air missiles used against attacking air-to-air or ground-to-air missiles. Even attacks from rear hemisphere can successfully be defeated without having to change the course of their own aircraft.
IRIS-T was developed and procured by Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden as the successor to the aging Sidewinder missiles. The series production started in 2005. Other user states today include Austria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Thailand.
As a multi-purpose weapon, IRIS-T is also used as a surface-to-air missile in a ground-based air defense role.
Austria's Schiebel has strengthened its teaming agreement with Diehl Defense recently to continue bidding Camcopter rotary-wing unmanned air vehicle to the German navy. The renewal of the teaming agreement is the result of the longstanding cooperation between Diehl Defence and Schiebel
Diehl Defence and Elbit Systems have signed a cooperation agreement at the ILA Berlin Air Show for the development of a DIRCM self-protection system for the Bundeswehrs Airbus A400M transport aircraft. Diehl was tasked by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) with the risk reduction study “DIRCM (Directed Infrared Countermeasure) for the A400M”, which will be concluded this year
The IDAS Consortium, formed by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Diehl BGT Defence, has recently conducted the first ejection trials with their submarine launched missile system IDAS (Interactive Defence and Attack System for Submarines) in Northern Norwegian waters. The ULA class submarine HNoMS Uredd of the Royal Norwegian Navy served as the firing platform
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has acquired Diehl Defence Land System from Diehl Defense under a contract announced on December 17. However, the contract is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities
The Royal Thai Army is seeking approval from the cabinet for the purchase of 14 VT-4 battle tanks from China for an approximate 2.3 billion baht ($72 million)
The Thai government last week approved a 193-million baht (US$ 5.7m) project to design a mini-submarine for the countrys navy, local media reports
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