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AIM-9X Sidewinder

Infrared-tracking, short-range multi-mission missile

The AIM-9 Sidewinder is the most advanced infrared-tracking, short-range air-to-air and surface-to-air missile in the world. It is 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.

A true dual use missile, AIM-9X is effective in either air-to-air or surface-to-air applications with no modifications required to the missile. It is compatible with the U.S. Army’s ground-based multi-mission launcher.

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 II 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 in its 14th 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 18 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.

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