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Why in news?

  • Python-5 air-to-air missile test-fired successfully from LCA Tejas.

About Python Missile:

  • The Rafael Python is a family of air-to-air missiles (AAMs) built by the Israeli weapons manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
  • The Python-5  is currently the most capable air-to-air missile in Israel's inventory and one of the most advanced AAMs in the world.
  • As a beyond-visual-range missile, it is capable of "lock-on after launch" (LOAL), and has full-sphere/all-direction (including rearward) attack ability.
  • The missile features an advanced seeker which includes an electro-optical and image infrared homing seeker which scans the target area for hostile aircraft, then locks-on for terminal chase.
  • With a total of eighteen control surfaces and careful design, the resulting missile is supposed to be as manoeuvrable as any other air-to-air missiles with thrust vectoring nozzles.

Prelims Question

Python-5 is a air to air missile manufactured by:
(a)United Kingdom
(b)Israel
(c)United States of America
(d)France

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