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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1989
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: PiLi-9, PL-9C and PL-9D
Origin: China
Parent System: PL-9
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1989
Total Production: ?
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Description: The PiLi-9 (PL-9) is a short-range air-to-air missile (AAM) developed in China for the export market based upon the PL-5, PL-7 and Python 3 missile technologies. The PL-9 utilizes a derivative of the Python 3's infrared seeker. The PL-9 missile program was launched in the mid-1980s and first deliveries occurred in 1989. The PL-9C is an improved variant introduced in the 1990s featuring extended range from 5 kilometers to 22 kilometers and increased launch weight (115 kg vs. 123 kg), warhead (10 kg vs. 12 kg) and G maneuvering factor (35g vs. 40g). The PL-9D is a surface-to-air missile variant also introduced in the 1990s. The PL-9D missile system has been ordered by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) ground forces. The PL-9 air-to-air missile did not receive export orders or they were not reported. Maybe Iran ordered the missile for their Chinese F-7 fighters. The PL-9C missile was ordered by Bangladesh in 2006 and 2008 for use on the F-7BG fighters.

PL-9 Applications

Combat Aircraft FBC-1 JH-7B Mig-21

PL-9 Specifications

Off-Boresight Capability: 40 �
Diameter: 157 millimeter (6.18 inch)
Length: 2.90 meter (114 inch)
Wingspan: 0.65 meter (25.6 inch)
Max Maneuvering Load Factor: 40 g
Max Range: 22,000 meter (11.9 nautical mile)
Min Range: 500 meter (0.27 nautical mile)
Top Speed: 2.10 mach (2,511 kph)
Warhead: 12 kilogram (26.5 pound)
Weight: 123 kilogram (271 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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