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AIM-9X Sidewinder Missile

Infrared-tracking, short-range, multi-mission missile

The AIM-9X® Sidewinder missile 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, E/A-18G, F-22 and F-35 fighters.

A true tri-use missile, the AIM-9X® missile is effective in air-to-air, air-to-surface or surface-to-air applications with no modifications required. It is used on the U.S. Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability Program on the multi-mission launcher.

The effectiveness and versatility of the AIM-9X missile have been combat proven in several theaters throughout the world. It is actively deployed on U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force aircraft, as well as the air forces of 22 international partner nations.

The current version, the AIM-9X Block II missile, is in its 16th year of production. It adds a redesigned fuze and a digital ignition safety device that enhances ground handling and in-flight safety. It 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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