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Rafael Python 5
The Python 5 was announced at the 2003 Paris Air Show. It is based on the existing Rafael Python 4 , using the same airframe, rocket motor, proximity fuze and warhead. The guidance system is new, and the updated missile is expected to be in service with the Israeli Air Force in 2005. It will be in use onboard F15I Raam and F16I Suefa.
It includes a "full sphere capability", meaning it can be launched at a target regardless of the target's location relative to the direction of the launching aircraft. It can lock on to the target after launch, and can do so to a target 100 degrees off boresight.
- Primary Function: short range infrared air-to-air missile
- Contractor: Rafael
- Power Plant: solid fuel rocket motor
- Length: 3.1 m
- Diameter: 16 cm
- Wing Span: 64 cm
- Launch Weight: 103.6 kg
- Speed: mach 4
- Warhead: 11 kg
- Range: 20 km
- Fuzes: proximity fuze
- Guidance system: 320×240 pixel dual waveband imaging infra-red, lock on after launch, with infrared counter-counter-measures (IRCCM)
- Unit Cost: ?
- Date Deployed: 2005
- Users: Israel
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