Last year was first to report (LCA-TEJAS Captured with Python-5 WVRAAM) that captive flight trials of Python-5 fifth generation Close Combat air-to-air missile (AAM) manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel have begun and thus marking the completion of integration and moving towards operational test firing of the missile soon.

But According to industrial sources close to, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) have encountered some problems with Python-5 which have prevented them to be test fired from LCA-Tejas thus leading to further delays in completing crucial Close Combat Missile integration with the aircraft.

As per information provided Python-5 CCM was not fired as the missile experienced vibrations at 0.9 Mach when in flight. Joint Indo-Israeli team are currently Analysing test results to find reasons behind vibrations and are working on ways to fix this issues.

Derby Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile also made by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel already has been test-fired in the unguided mode, successfully over the sea at an altitude of 30000 ft & 0.8 Mach to study separation and plume characteristics and are currently waiting further trials in Guided mode .

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