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Country of Origin: South Africa


The Umkhonto-IR (the Zulu word for spear) surface-to-air missile is a vertically launched, high-velocity, infrared-homing missile designed to provide all-around defense against simultaneous air attacks from multiple combat aircraft (fixed-wing or helicopter) and missiles at ranges up to 7 mi (12 km).

The nose of the missile accommodates the infrared seeker; active proximity fuze; batteries; and central processing unit. The central section holds inertial sensors; safety and arming...

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