The Python-4 fourth generation A/A missile, in operational use in the Israeli Air Force , features a novel "no escape volume" performance with a unique aerodynamic configuration for superior agility. The state-of-the-art, high performance seeker incorporates an advanced IRCM&background rejection capabilities. The missile includes a highly effective fragmentation warhead.
Python 4 is a very nimble "fire and forget" missile with an improved maneuvering capability. It has an advanced homing head with a lateral "squint" capability which allows it to receive signals from the line of vision of the pilot who sees the enemy plane through a special (Elbit-developed) helmet. The missile receives these signals and hits the enemy plane without requiring the pilot to steer his aircraft at the enemy plane. The Python 4 can be launched at a range of over 15 km, its warhead is over 11 kg, and its electromagnetic proximity fuze is one of the best in the world.
|Manufacturer||Rafael Armament Development Authority|
|Date Deployed||Mid 1980's|
|Range||0.5 km to 15 km|
|Propulsion||One Rafael Armaments Development Authority double-base solid propellant rocket motor|
|Warhead||24.25 lb ( 11 kg )|
|Launch Weight||264.6 lb ( 120 kg )|
|Length||9 ft, 10.1 in ( 3.00 m )|
|Diameter||6.3 in ( 160 mm )|
|Fin Span||2 ft, 9.9 in ( 0.86 m )|
Sources and Methods
- Fourth Generation AAMs - The Rafael Python 4 by Carlo Kopp Australian Aviation, April, 1997
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