- At the Air Show 2003 that this week in Paris, Rafael
unveiled its state- of-the-art Python 5; the missile can target enemy aircraft
from any angle and in all circumstances, even the worst weather conditions
- Rafael, Israel's Armament Development Authority, this
week unveiled its Python 5, the most advanced short-range air-to-air missile
in the world. The missile was exhibited at the Paris Air Show 2003 that
opened last Sunday, alongside other attractions at the Israeli booth.
- The Python-5, which has a range of up to 20 km, is equipped
with a sensor that can target an enemy aircraft from any angle. It can
also damage enemy aircraft flying behind the launching aircraft. The Python
is equipped with a fuse that detonates its warhead even when only passing
an enemy aircraft. The missile can be launched from very short to beyond
the visual range with greater probability of kill, excellent resistance
to countermeasures, irrespective of evasive target maneuver or deployment
of countermeasures. It is effective even in the worst weather conditions.
Thanks to these systems, the Python 5 is considers the most advanced missile
of its kind in the word.
- The missile is already in use by the Israeli air force,
and has been now offered to a number of foreign air forces. Until now,
foreign air forces have been equipped with previous Israeli missiles -
the Python 3- and the Python 4, and great interest in the new missile is