Saab and BGT awarded 12.5 million Euro contract

Saab and Germany’s BGT have signed a 12.5 million Euro contract for the preparation and production of two electronics units for the short-range air-to-air missile, IRIS-T.

Saab Bofors Dynamics and Germany’s Bodenseewerk Geraetetechnik (BGT) have signed a contract for the Series Preparation and Pilot Lot production phase of two electronics units for the short-range air-to-air missile, IRIS-T.

The IRIS-T short-range air-to-air missile has been developed in co-operation between industries from six nations, with Germany as the lead nation. It will initially arm the Gripen, Eurofighter and F16 fighters of participating nations.

The IRIS-T is said to carry a roll-pitch imaging IR seeker with a ± 90 degree look angle and advanced signal processing and is fully compliant with existing Sidewinder and digital aircraft interfaces. Its mass, length, diameter and centre of gravity are also similar to the AIM-9L/M Sidewinder.

Saab Bofors Dynamics is anticipating an order for the Series Production of these electronics units, the Aircraft Interface Unit and Signal Processing Unit, during 2005.

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