In now game,China PL-8 is same as Israel Python-3.But it is wrong.
In reality,PL-8 is a China made Python-3,or you can say PL-8A.China bought some Python-3,and made PL-8A with same techonology.They are just basically the same thing.
And that is why Python-3 cant use Head aiming assisted locking.Same cant the PL-8A.
But Gaijin give Head Aiming Assisted Locking ability to PL-8,or in game J-8F with PL-8.
In reality,PL-8A cant use Head Aiming Asisted Locking ,but PL-8B can.
PL-8B,it is after China use several years PL-8A,they think PL-8A is kind of easy to lock on flares ,since PL-8A/Python-3 use a Single element infrared guidance system ，it means when enemy jet throw flares with a regular frequency ,PL-8A will lock the flares rather than enemy jet.Just same issue in now game.This system is very sensitive to any hot spot.
After China get R73,which use a Dual infrared seeker head, from Russia,China gov then learn from R73s and product PL-8B,it use Multi element infrared guidance system，which means Install four detector arrays in a linear or rectangular manner, and modulate light energy through scanning.And from the outside look,Python-3/PL-8A s head use glass,while PL-8B use a opaque material as head.Its advantage is that it can not only achieve full wave detection, but also eliminate background interference in a large area, especially the interference signal of infrared jammers and infrared interference bombs. In terms of its technical level, it is already superior to the dual infrared detector array used by the imported R-73 air-to-air missile.And in i add picture,PL-8B head is more like now in game TY-90,which is the 3rd generation AAM and also has a good anti interference performance.
And not just this,PL-8B also use Laser Proximity fuze, not Python 3 radio proximity fuze，this makes PL-8B again better anti-interference performance than Python-3.And PL-8B has at most 40° off axis emission angle,while Python-3 only has 20°.And PL-8B has ability to guided by head aiming system,while Python-3/PL-8A dont have.
In a word,in now game,PL-8 and Python-3 are just copies,and totally made wrongly .China J-8F with head aiming only use PL-8B in reality,and only old J-7E J-8B use PL-8A ,and in game PL-8 is a mix thing combined and nerfed with PL-8A and PL-8B. And Python-3 is a copy of PL-8 in game,it should be same as PL-8A,which means it is much more weaker in reality than now in game.
Gaijin,fix this big and very wrong bug.Strengthen the poor PL-8 on J-8F at 11.7，it should has much better anti interference performance than even AIM9L,more like one year ago AIM9L and 2 year ago PL-5B ,rather than now same/worse as AIM9L,and nerf the Python-3 ,let it be same sensitive,worse than AIM9L, and love regular frequency thrown flares as it does in reality.
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