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A missile firing unit (MFU) of the SPYDER-SR system
Type Short to medium range air defence system[1]
Place of origin Israel
Service history
In service Company firing tests of the system are underway as of 2010[2]
Used by See users
Production history
Manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems
Unit cost $55.55 million for 1 system in September 2008[2]
Produced 2002-2005 Until Present
Weight 103.6 kg
Length 3.1 m
Height 7.5 m
Diameter 160 mm
Warhead 11 kg
Active Laser & Electromagnetic Proximity Fuse With Back-up Impact Fuse

Engine Solid Fuel Rocket Motor
100 K/N Full Maneuverability With 0.8 K/N Sustain Energy
Wingspan 640 mm
Propellant Solid Propellant Rocket Motor With Additional/Added On Booster Ramjet Rocket Power For SPYDER MR
15 km - 35 Km For Spyder SR and 35 Km - 55 Km For Spyder MR[3]
Flight ceiling 120.000 feet
Flight altitude 9 km-20 km For Spyder SR and 35 Km - 55 Km For Spyder MR[3]
Speed Mach 4+
Python: IR + 320×240 pixel dual waveband electro-optical imaging seeker, lock-on after launch, with infrared counter-counter-measures (IRCCM); Derby: AESA active RF radar, infrared seeker[2]
Tatra chassis, Mercedes-Benz Actros or MAN TGS for Republic of Singapore Air Force

The SPYDER (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) is an advanced anti-aircraft missile system developed by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, which is fitted atop a Czech Tatra truck. It implements surface-to-air versions of the Python-5 and Derby missiles of the same company. Rafael Armament Development Authority, the MBT Missile Division and Elta Radar Division of Israel Aircraft Industries have announced the SPYDER surface-to-air PYthon 5 and DERby Air Defence Missile System. Rafael is the prime contractor and IAI the major subcontractor for the SPYDER program.

SPYDER is a low-level quick-reaction surface-to-air missile system capable of engaging aircraft, helicopters, unmanned air vehicles, drones and precision-guided munitions. It provides air defence for fixed assets and for point and area defence for mobile forces in combat areas. Short and Medium Range Mobile Air Defense Systems The Spyder short and medium range mobile air defense systems defend large areas against a wide spectrum of threats, such as attack aircraft, helicopters, bombers, cruise missiles, UAVs and stand- off weapons. Both systems provide excellent protection of valuable assets, as well as first-class defense for forces located in the combat area.

The SPYDER launcher is designed to fire PYthon 5 and DERby surface-to-air missiles. The SPYDER family ensures protection of high value assets as well as maneuvering combat forces. Both systems are quickly reaction, all weather, network-centric, multi-launcher, and self-propelled. SPYDER SR and SPYDER MR are design to engage and destroyed a wide spectrum of threat such as attack aircraft, bombers, helicopters, cruise missiles, UAV, UCAV, stand-off weapons. SPYDER is a quick reaction medium range missile system that can engage aircraft, helicopters, unmanned air vehicles, drones and precision-guided munitions. It provides air defence for fixed assets and for point and area mobile forces in combat areas. Research that was used to develop the SPYDER was later used to develop the Iron Dome. Test firings of the system by the company were underway as of 2010[2]


India plans to acquire 18 systems at a cost of $415 million (Rs. 1800 crore) for its air force, but the deal was reviewed by the Central Vigilance Commission, the government’s anti-corruption agency.[4] The deal was cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council in August, 2009.[5]



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  1. ^ "Short and Medium Range Mobile Air Defense Systems" (pdf), Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. Retrieved 2014-02-10
  2. ^ a b c d "SPYDER Surface-to-Air Python-5 and Derby Air Defence Missile System, Israel". army-technology.com. Net Resources International. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd". Rafael.co.il. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  4. ^ Pandit, Rajat (August 18, 2001). "IAF to add teeth with Israeli missile system". Defense News (The Times Of India). Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  5. ^ "Army acquires anti-aircraft missiles". Timesnow.Tv. 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Georgian Air Defence SPYDER-SR". Geo-army.ge. 2010-06-27. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  7. ^ a b "SIPRI arms transfer database". Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Updated on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ Ong Hong Tat (17 June 2011). "No escape from the SPYDER". MINDEF. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 

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