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Python 3 AAM

Country of Origin: Israel


The Israeli Python 3 infrared (IR) homing, air-to-air missile (AAM) is a development of the earlier Shafrir AAM (see separate database entry).

The Python 3 has swept tail surfaces and longer exhaust nozzle than the Shafrir. Both resemble the earlier U.S. AIM-9 Sidewinder and share the latter's "rolleron" stabilizing system.

The Python 3 has a cooled, all-aspect seeker with a wide field of view that is reported to have good resistance to IR countermeasures. It can be operated as a...

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