Infrared-tracking, short-range air-to-air missile
The AIM-9 Sidewinder is the most advanced infrared-tracking, short-range air-to-air missile in the world. I's configured for easy installation on a wide range of modern aircraft, including the F-15, F-16, F/A-18 and F-4 fighters, A-4, A-6 and AV-8B attack aircraft, and the AH-1 helicopter. Allied aircraft configured for Sidewinders include the Tornado, the JA-37 Viggen and the Sea Harrier.
Over the years, the Sidewinder's effectiveness and all-aspect capabilities have been combat-proven in several theaters throughout the world.
The AIM-9X® Block I is the current version of the AIM-9 Sidewinder short range missile family in use by more than 40 nations throughout the world. This next generation Sidewinder missile is currently in its 7th year of production.
AIM-9X is actively deployed on U.S. Navy and Air Force F-15, F-16, and F-18 aircraft, and is further deployed in the air forces of nine international customers.
The AIM-9X Block II adds a redesigned fuze and a digital Ignition Safety Device that enhances ground handling and in-flight safety. The Block II variant also features updated electronics that enable significant enhancements, including lock-on-after-launch capability using a new weapon datalink to support Beyond Visual Range engagements..