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Skyflash is a medium-range radar-guided air-to-air missile. Designed to operate in severe electronic countermeasures conditions, the Skyflash is the RAF's major air defence weapon. Four are carried by the Tornado F3 under the fuselage. The Skyflash was a development of the AIM-7E2 Sparrow, retaining its aerodynamics, with a cruciform of delta control wings mounted on the mid-point of the cylindrical body. It also features a compatible cruciform of delta stabilising surfaces at the tail. The weapon entered RAF service in 1978, originally for use by the Phantom.

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