ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILE THUNDERBIRD MK I
A medium-range anti-aircraft missile,
manufactured by English Electric. It entered into service in the UK in 1959.
The missile had a range of 75 km, and it tracked its target based on a radar signal reflected from the target (semi-active radar homing). The Thunderbird equipment was purchased from the UK in 1968 for training use, with deactivated missiles (without propellant or warheads). Despite lacking warheads and propellant, the missile gave much valuable information about missile technology, telemetry and aerodynamic properties to a generation of engineers in the Defence forces. The knowledge was later used with Strela, Igla, S-125 missiles and Anti-Tank missile technology.
The last time it was used was on a 1979 prep course for personnel assigned for S-125 missile training.