From Scramble - The Aviation Magazine
Diehl BGT Defence GmbH & Co. KG and a subsidiary of the Diehl Stiftung GmbH with headquarters in Überlingen. Diehl BGT Defence produces mainly missiles and ammunition.
The company was founded in 2004 as result of the merger of Bodenseewerk Gerätetechnik GmbH and Diehl Munitionssysteme GmbH & Co. KG. In 1960 Bodenseewerke Gerätetechnik became the prime contractor for the European production of the AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missile. Based on the experience with the Sidewinder, Diehl recently developed a progressive new seeker for a new type of short-range air-to-air missile - the IRIS-T. This missile has reportedly a far better combat performance than the Sidewinder.