IAF wants Israeli Air-to-Air missiles

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  1. Lions Of Punjab

    Lions Of Punjab Regular Member

    Apr 21, 2013
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    Ahmedabad, India, India
    India looks to Israel for new fighter's air-to-air missiles - Ariel View

    At this stage in its procurement process, the Indian air force wants Israeli-made air-to-air missiles to hang under the wings of its new fighter aircraft. The Indian government has yet to make the final selection between the French Dassault Rafale and the Russian Sukhoi Su-30. But all indications are that there is a consensus among professionals about the air-to-air weapon.

    If the SU-30 is eventually selected to be the backbone of the Indian air force, the intention of New Delhi is to equip it with two Israeli-made, combat-proven air-to-air missiles. Both are manufactured by Rafael: one is the Python 5, a fifth-generation air-to-air missile; and the other is the Derby active radar missile.

    Python 5 has a length of 3.1m (10ft) and diameter of 16cm, and weighs 105kg (230lb). It can carry an 11kg high-explosive fragmentation warhead equipped with an active laser proximity fuse. The missile features a new electro-optical infrared seeker with high off-boresight capability. The infrared seeker scans the target area for the threat and locks on for terminal chase after the target is identified.

    It employs a dual-waveband focal plane array (FPA). The FPA ensures the attainment of small, low-signature aim-points during day or night in clear and cloudy conditions. The highly advanced image and signal algorithms guide the missile towards the target.

    Python 5 is also equipped with lock-on before launch (LOBL) and lock-on after launch (LOAL) capabilities. In LOAL mode, the target information is transmitted from the launch aircraft to the missile.

    The missile offers a high hit probability and excellent resistance to countermeasures. It can even engage targets capable of performing evasive manoeuvres. The full sphere launch capability allows 360° engagement around the launch aircraft, while the all-aspect/all-direction attack ability ensures the simultaneous destruction of multiple targets.

    The Derby is a beyond visual range (BVR), medium-range active radar homing missile. It is 3.6cm long, has a diameter of 16cm and weighs 118kg. The warhead weighs 2kg. What is currently a clear-cut selection of the air-to-air missiles for India’s next fighter aircraft is only likely to change if the platform deal includes a “must-buy” clause for systems.


    Why Israeli missiles ? why not Astra ? Are they planning to delay and ditch Astra project too ?
  3. SajeevJino

    SajeevJino Long walk Elite Member

    Feb 21, 2012
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    The Python is an IR guided Short Range Missiles which eventually used for Dog Fighting capability. simply Known as the Heat seeking Missiles.

    The Derby is an WVR missile which is also used in Dog fighting due to it's Short Range. WVR- Within Visual Range

    Astra is an BVR Missile which is a Long range used for CAP and Air Dominance ranging some 80 Kilo meters. BVR- Beyond Visual Range

    we once have a Good analysts named @p2prada who is no more here. don't know about @Defcon1 both good Gentleman can explain very well about the above

    gets some interesting info about both Python and Derby here posted by @p2prada


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  4. rohit b3

    rohit b3 Regular Member

    Oct 25, 2012
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    Derby is around the same class as Astra.
    Buying Python 5 as a Dog fighting WVR missile is fine.
    No sense in buying more Derby though, apart from a lot of kickbacks.
  5. karn

    karn Regular Member

    Apr 17, 2014
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    Python 5 ? Is the IAF looking to replace the R 73 ?

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