On Tuesday, Korea Aerospace Industries fired the first shot of an IRIS-T missile from the new KF-21 Boramae platform. The European short-range air-to-air missile (identification AIM-2000), with its unrivaled close combat and interception capabilities, has been chosen to be integrated into the Korean indigenous fighter.

Just 10 months after the first flight, the fighter program fired the first live shot. The firing test was intended to demonstrate the safe separation of the missile from the aircraft and now verifies that the IRIS-T is ready to equip the KF-21 as one of the most reliable air-to-air missiles in the world.

With IRIS-T already integrated into Eurofighter Typhoon, JAS-39 Gripen, F-16, EF-18, F-5 and Panavia Tornado, the missile has again demonstrated its outstanding cross-platform compatibility.

Successful test firing of the IRIS-T air-to-air missile from the KF-21.

With the KF-21 Boramae scheduled to enter service in 2026, the IRIS-T will be available to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) as a standard short-range missile for the KF-21.

Diehl Defense’s successful participation in the Korean KF-21 Boramae fighter program underlines the company’s position as a leading supplier of guided missiles. Diehl Defense has congratulated Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd. as the system integrator and manufacturer of the KF-21. Both KAI and Diehl Defense teams have achieved remarkable success, and Diehl Defense is ready to remain fully committed to the program.

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