Rafael shows modern ‘dogfight’ concept, Python 5-style

With its infamous Bollywood- and Marcel Marceau-themed publicity stunts, Rafael has earned a reputation for making corporate videos that are high on creativity but low on credibility.

So when Rafael’s marketing staff handed me a disc last week in Israel labeled “corporate videos” I privately shuddered. How bad could these be?

As I turns out, not bad at all. The videos are conventional corporate promo material, nicely spiced with some operational footage. The best video, not surprisingly, features the Python 5, and explains Rafael’s operational concept for the weapon. It also shows aerial footage of the Python 4 hit on an Iranian/Hezbollah UAV caught on the wrong side of Israel’s border.  


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15 Responses to Rafael shows modern ‘dogfight’ concept, Python 5-style

  1. Sven Ortmann 30 November, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    It’s actually a very bad movie and doesn’t tell anything new in comparison to several years old info.

    It’s very bad for several reasons:
    * an idiotically close fighter formation, which is completely misleading. Fighters don’t fight like that any more since the late 30′s.
    * a A/AA scenario that’s built on the assumption of extreme stupidity of the enemy pilots and a lack of MRAAMs in the duel. Seriously, no matter what kind of missile you use; such stupid enemies who pursue like that would die even against early 1980′s missiles.

  2. Saberhagen 1 December, 2009 at 8:56 am #

    Quite understandable. Its just a commercial anyway, using simplified illustration.

  3. SMSgt Mac 1 December, 2009 at 9:08 am #

    Good promo. Highlights quite well:
    1. The potential advantages of being able to launch to any point of the compass at any time.
    2. The ability to engage small hard to detect targets in the presence of ground clutter.

  4. Akash 14 December, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    how the heck did the python 5s cue backwards? what sensors cued them for targets right behind the fighters?

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