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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1988
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: PiLi-8
Origin: China
Parent System: PL-8
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Total Production: ?
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Description: The PL-8 is an infrared-guided short-range air-to-air missile based upon the Python 3 missile introduced in the 1980s. It is very capable air-to-air missile and has been provided to the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) J-7/F-7, Q-5, J-8/F-8, FBC-1/JH-7, FC-1/J-9 and J-10 fighter aircraft. The PL-9 short-range air-to-air missile leverages technologies from the PL-8.

PL-8 Applications

Combat Aircraft FBC-1 FC-1 FC-1B J-10A J-10B J-10S J-8 J-8 II Su-27

PL-8 Specifications

Diameter: 0.16 meter (6.30 inch)
Length: 2.99 meter (118 inch)
Wingspan: 0.81 meter (31.9 inch)
Max Maneuvering Load Factor: 35 g
Max Range: 15 kilometer (8.10 nautical mile)
Min Range: 500 meter (0.27 nautical mile)
Top Speed: 2 mach (2,391 kph)
Warhead: 11 kilogram (24.3 pound)
Weight: 115 kilogram (254 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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