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Country of Origin: China


The Chinese Pen Lung 2 (PL-2, Air Dragon 2) infrared (IR) air-to-air missile (AAM) is a copy of the Russian AA-2 Atoll, which in turn was a virtual duplicate of the U.S. AIM-9 Sidewinder. As with the Sidewinder, the PL-2 has "rollerons" set in the cruciform tail surfaces that are turned by the slip stream and gyro-stabilize the missile.

The PL-2 and Sidewinder are said by the Chinese to be fully compatible, a contention intended to improve export prospects. The nearest Sidewinder...

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