Rafael eyes 'dolphin head' nose design for air-to-air missiles

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The advanced dual sensors to be used in future air-to-air missiles developed by Rafael will probably involve the use of the so-called "dolphin head" nose section already employed for its Stunner missile.

Although developed as the interceptor for the David's Sling medium-range rocket and cruise missile air defence system, the company has confirmed that the Stunner is also a next-generation air-to-air missile.

Rafael sources said the dolphin head shape allows the weapon's two seekers to function simultaneously with no interference, even in "extreme conditions".

Rafael Stunner missile,
 

Around 4.6m (15ft) long, the Stunner uses a multi-pulse rocket motor. Its dual seeker configuration supports its employment in all weather conditions and immunity to deception and countermeasures, Israeli missile manufacturer Rafael said.