Report: India carries out live-fire test of Python-5 missile made by Rafael

The missiles were launched from Tejas planes of the Aeronautical Development Agency flown by test pilots of the Indian Air Force

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According to a report by globalsecurity, India carried out a test of a Python-5 air-to-air missile made by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. The missile is supposed to be integrated on India's Tejas planes. The test also included checks of Rafael's Derby missile.   

"Trials were also aimed to validate enhanced capability of already integrated Derby Beyond Visual Range (BVR) AAM on Tejas. The test firing at Goa completed a series of missile trials to validate its performance under extremely challenging scenarios," the report said.  

"Prior to these trials, extensive missile carriage flight tests were conducted at Bengaluru to assess integration of the missile with aircraft systems on board the Tejas, like Avionics, Fire-control radar, Missile Weapon Delivery System and the Flight Control System." 

"At Goa, after successful separation trials, live launch of the missile on a Banshee target was carried out. Python-5 missile live firing was conducted to validate target engagement from all aspects as well as beyond visual ranges. In all the live firings, missile hit the aerial target."

The missiles were launched from Tejas planes of the Aeronautical Development Agency flown by test pilots of the Indian Air Force belonging to National Flight Test Centre.