Saab JAS 39C Gripen - 231 armed with an IRIS-T missile
This Gripen is carrying a IRIS-T missile on its wingtip.
More images of the Gripen can be found here: http://www.e-pic.se/Aircraft/Aircraft-sorted-by-type/SAAB/SAAB-39-Gripen
The IRIS-T (Infra Red Imaging System Tail/Thrust Vector-Controlled) is a German-led program to develop a short-range infrared homing air-to-air missile to replace the AIM-9 Sidewinder.
In comparison to the AIM-9L Sidewinder, the IRIS-T has higher ECM-resistance and flare suppression. Improvements in target discrimination not only allows for 5 to 8 times longer head-on firing range than the AIM-9L, it can also engage targets behind the launching aircraft, the latter made possible by the extreme close-in agility allowing turns of 60 g at a rate of 60°/s
The Saab JAS 39 Gripen (English: "griffin" is a light single-engine multirole fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab. It was designed to replace the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen in the Swedish Air Force.
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