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The Python-3 air-to-air missile (AAM) is allegedly a version of the US-made AIM-9L Sidewinder AAM. PYTHON-3 is a third-generation short to medium range air-to-air missile adapted to the F-15, F-16, all types of Mirage, F-5, F-4 and Kfir C-2 and C-7 aircraft. The missile upgrades the capability of its carrier and gives it air superiority in modern air combat scenarios, such as:

  • Head-on interceptions
  • Beam interceptions
  • Dogfights involving high-g maneuvers
  • Low-altitude interceptions of helicopters and light aircraft
  • Self-defense air combat during penetration missions.


  • All-aspect capability, including head-on interception
  • Effective against most evasive tactics
  • Capable of intercepting low-signature and low-altitude threats
  • 15 km maximum effective range at high altitude
  • Active proximity fuze, based on lead bias navigation system
  • Highly efficient warhead
  • Versatile target acquisition modes, including slaving to advanced radar system
  • Reliability greater than 95%
  • Full ILS, including combat doctrine manual, training and ground support equipment

The Python 3, RAFA'EL's [Arms Development Authority] air-to-air missile, has intercepted dozens of Syrian planes. The pilot can launch the missile only after steering his plane at the enemy plane at a 30-40 degree cone.

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