AIM-9X Sidewinder Missile

Military crewman loads a missile onto the wing of a plane.

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

The AIM-9X® Sidewinder missile is a triple-threat missile that can be used for air-to-air engagements, surface-attack and surface-launch missions without modifications.

A U.S. Navy-led, joint program with the U.S. Air Force, the AIM-9X Sidewinder also has 24 Foreign Military Sales partners. The advanced infrared-tracking, short-range missile is combat proven in several theaters around the world.

Multiple platforms

The weapon is configured for easy installation on a wide range of modern aircraft, including the F-15 Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Super Hornet, E/A-18G Growler, F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. It's used on the U.S. Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability Program on the multi-mission launcher.  

Block II variant

The AIM-9X Block II missile adds a redesigned fuze and a digital ignition safety device to improve handling and in-flight safety. It's equipped with updated electronics, including a lock-on-after-launch capability using a new weapon datalink to support beyond visual range engagements.

SIDEWINDER is a U.S. trademark of the Department of the Navy, an agency of the U.S. Government. Used with permission. The appearance of the SIDEWINDER mark does not imply or constitute endorsement by the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Navy.

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