I added a  to the claim that it is the first missile to give submarines a capability to engage air threats. The Akula class has an Igla-M/SA-N-10 Grouse launcher in the sail which allows it to engage aircraft or helicopters. It might better worded to say it is the first missile to allow a submarine to engage air threats whilst submerged.
The IDAS system wasn't the first to engage air threats whilst submerged either. In the 1970s Vickers and the Royal navy tested a system entitled SLAM (submarine launched air missile) which comprised a set of previously land based Blowpipe missiles around a sighting mast mounted on the conning tower of HMS Aeneas (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blowpipe_missile) While the system didn't go into service it did work and thus predates both the IDAS and the Akula type system. Regards, Kit Spackman (talk) 08:44, 13 May 2010 (UTC)
I've never heard of the Akula class (I assume you mean the Shchuka class) having a SAM launcher but I do know the the Kilo class has one mounted in the sail. As far as wording, I thought that it would better to state that it was the first SAM designed specifically for a submarine application, as opposed to be adapted from an existing system. Or maybe, it could be stated that it was the first operational missile to allow a submarine to engage air threats whilst submerged. -Noha307 (talk) 23:47, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
I would suggest that this page be merged with the parent page of IRIS-T due to the following reasons;
- This article is a stub
- This article has little or few references
- This article is more likely to be successful by merging with IRIS-T