Python 5 Missile – UPSC Prelims

  • Python-5 is a fifth-generation air-to-air missile(AAM) manufactured by Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
  • The Python-5 Missile was first used in the 2006 Lebanon war. During the war, it destroyed two Iran made UAVs.
  • The missile can be launched from very short to beyond-visual ranges with greater kill probability and excellent resistance.
  • Python-5 is capable of “lock-on after launch” (LOAL).
  • The missile also has a full-sphere/all-direction (including rearward) attack ability.
  • The missile also features an advanced seeker with an electro-optical and imaging infrared homing seeker. This seeker scans the target area for hostile aircraft, then locks on for the terminal chase.
  • Why in news? Cleared for Tejas aircrafts.
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