Ecuador is to equip its Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) Kfir fighters with the Rafael Python 4 infrared guided air-to-air missile. A contract has been signed and deliveries are expected before the end of this year.

Ecuador was the first overseas customer for the Kfir when it acquired C2 versions in the 1980s. Around 17 are in service. The Python 4 gives the fighter an enhanced air defence capability.

The Python 4 uses digital signal processing techniques in the seeker circuitry and a digital flight control system. The missile can track and engage targets throughout the forward hemisphere. Some sources suggest the Python 4 has a 70í off-boresight capability.

Source: Flight International