Israel Unveils World's
Best Air-To-Air Missile
Global Jewish Agenda
Jewish Agency For Israel

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 now expected.


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