TrueGrit confirms IRIS-T for DCS: Typhoon

Third party developer TrueGrit, working on the DCS: Typhoon (EF2000) project for DCS World, confirmed that the IRIS-T would be available for the DCS: Typhoon. Although in the grand scheme of announcements this may be small, it does indicate that TrueGrit is working on establishing a selection of relatively sophisticated armament options for the Eurofighter Typhoon in DCS World.

IRIS-T missile for Typhoon

According to TrueGrit, IRIS-T will be the main missile for the DCS: Typhoon.

The IRIS-T is CONFIRMED for the Eurofighter Typhoon in DCS and will be your main heat seeker missile.

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This addition likely has come about thanks to TrueGrit’s industry connections and access to declassified data that provides enough details for Eagle Dynamics to include the missile in their growing inventory of air launched weapons.

The IRIS-T missile has also been used on Spanish F/A-18’s and Norwegian F-16’s which makes it slightly possible that this missile could see it’s way into other aircraft – although the specific variants of each might limit that possibility.

What is IRIS-T?

Analogous to the AIM-9X Sidewinder, the IRIS-T was launched as a part of several efforts to replace the common AIM-9L that was typically in service in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The IRIS-T was developed, in part because of the discover of how capable the East German AA-11/R-73 was and so the IRIS-T was developed to provide a superior short range missile.

According to the IRIS-T datasheet on Wikipedia, the missile has a 16 mile (25km) engagement distance (no doubt under ideal circumstances) and can reach a maximum speed of Mach 3. More interesting is the missile’s maneuverability that offers “extreme close-in agility allowing turns of 60 g at a rate of 60°/s via thrust vectoring.” (Source: Wikipedia)

The IRIS-T also offers the ability to engage targets from a rear aspect in relation to the launching aircraft thanks to the high maneuverability and has the ability to target small objects such as drones, missiles, as well as engage small ground vehicles. It’s unclear how many of these capabilities will be on display in DCS World.

I remain very excited to see the Typhoon come to DCS World.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Warlock says:

    Still hard to believe this plane is actually making its way to DCS…

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    1. Edelweik says:

      Isn’t it classified or something like that ? I find a bit strange that they can put it in any other way than Flaming Cliffs 3…

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      1. ShamrockOneFive says:

        There are always parts that are in public knowledge and then other parts that are not. The CEO of TrueGrit is a former Eurofighter instructor and TG has a license with Eurofighter to do the module – so whatever they work with will be declassified.

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      2. Blue 5 says:

        No more so than any other weapon. The rough capabilities of all the DCS items and systems are well known / open secrets. The confidential part is the last 10% of performance or the modes that have never been acknowledged.

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