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PL-8

The PL-8 [Pili = Thunderbolt, or Pen Lung = Air Dragon] is an all-aspect air-to-air missile with the tail stabilizing fins resembling the Israeli Python-3, and it is believed that Israel sold the Python-3 technology to China in the 1980s. The PL-8 has been seen carried on the naval aviation J-8II aircrat, indicating that the missile has entered operational service. A few Jianghu III/IV class guided missile frigates mount a close-in gun/missile system combining 2 PL-8N (PL-8H) with a twin 37mm AA gun.

Specifications

Contractor
Entered Service
Total length
Diameter
Wingspan
Weight
Warhead Weight
Propulsion
Maximum Speed
Maximum effective range
Guidance mode
Single-shot hit probability


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