The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration has delivered a new short-range air-to air missile, Iris-T to replace robot 74 for the Gripen aircraft.

Iris-T is a European programme collaborated by Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Norway and Sweden.

The missile, robot 98, can combat target at very short range from its aircraft platform, and complements the Amraam and Meteor long-range missiles.

Iris-T can also combat target at a longer range, that is comparable to robot 74’s range.

The system, modular in design, consists of combat robots, blind robots, test and tool kits, and ground-handling equipment.

Iris-T features a display integrated into a helmet-mounted display (HMD), an infrared search and track (IRST), radar and other systems.

The missile can also engage threats behind the aircraft with the aid of appropriate sensors fitted to the aircraft.

Iris-T will be integrated on the EF2000 Typhoon, F-16 Fighting Falcon, JAS-39 Gripen, PA-200 Tornado, F-18 Hornet and F-4 Phantom II and is also be tested for compatibility with the joint strike fighter.

Final delivery of the robots to the Sweden is scheduled for 2010.