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Python-3

PYTHON-3 is a third-generation short to medium range air-to-air missile adapted to the F-15, F-16, all types of Mirage, F-5, F-4 and Kfir C-2 and C-7 aircraft. The missile upgrades the capability of its carrier and gives it air superiority in modern air combat scenarios, such as: MAIN FEATURES The Python 3, RAFA'EL's [Arms Development Authority] air-to-air missile, has intercepted dozens of Syrian planes. The pilot can launch the missile only after steering his plane at the enemy plane at a 30-40 degree cone.

Specifications

Manafacturer RAFA'EL Armament Development Authority
Date Deployed Mid 1980's
Range 0.5 km to 15 km
Speed Mach 3.5
Propulsion One Rafael Armaments Development Authority double-base solid propellant rocket motor
Guidance IR homing
Warhead 24.25 lb ( 11 kg )
Launch Weight 264.6 lb ( 120 kg )
Length 9 ft, 10.1 in ( 3.00 m )
Diameter 6.3 in ( 160 mm )
Fin Span 2 ft, 9.9 in ( 0.86 m )


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