AIM-9X Sidewinder Missile

An F-35 fires an AIM-9X missile during a test. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Michael Jackson)

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 26 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-15C Eagle, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Super Hornet, E/A-18G Growler, F-22 Raptor and all F-35 Joint Strike Fighter variants. As part of National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, best known as NASAMS™, AIM-9X adds a short-range layer of defense.

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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