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Shafrir 1

Country of Origin: Israel


The Israeli Shafrir air-to-air missile (AAM) resembles the U.S. AIM-9 Sidewinder AAM, but is larger and is fitted with an infrared (IR) homing seeker of a different design.

Like the Sidewinder, the Shafrir is gyro-stabilized by "rollerons" -- small wheels fitted in the trailing edge of the four tailfins that are spun by the slipstream. The design of the Shafrir emphasized simplicity and low cost.

The missile is a long cylinder with a blunt, glass-covered nose and steerable...

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