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Singapore adds Python-5 missile capability to upgraded F-16s

5th July 2023 - 10:00 GMT | by Roy Choo


The Python-4 has long been rumoured to be used by the RSAF, though the only evidence had been a lookalike training missile with a seeker head. (Photo: author)

Singapore’s upgraded F-16s now have an extra bite with the Rafael Python-5 air-to-air missile.

Singapore’s MINDEF confirmed to Shephard that the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) upgraded F-16s now have the ability to use Rafael’s Python-5 short-range air-to-air missile.

The revelation came as little surprise, as the RSAF was long rumoured to possess the preceding Python-4 since the early 2000s. However, no live or mock-up rounds have ever been seen.

Nonetheless, RSAF F-16C/Ds and the now retired F-5S/T have often been spotted with a captive air training missile resembling the Python-4. They feature AIM-9P-type fins but with a larger body diameter and different seeker head. The training missile has been seen on

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Roy Choo


Roy Choo

Rex Choo is a freelance journalist based in Australia.

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