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AIM-9X Sidewinder  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2003
Total Production: 15,750
Unitary Cost: USD$370,000
Total Cost: USD$3.8 billion
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon
Parent System: AIM-9 Sidewinder
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1956
Total Production: ?
Family Members: AIM-9M Sidewinder, AIM-9M-9 Sidewinder and AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder
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Description: The AIM-9 missile is a supersonic, heat-guided, air-to-air missile carried by most western fighter aircraft. It was introduced in 1956 (AIM-9B). This missile is used for self-defense purposes in close range combat situation, less than 20 kilometers, also known as dogfight. Once the AIM-9 has been launched its seeker follows the heat signature of the enemy's aircraft engines. Current AIM-9 blast fragmentation warhead detonates by proximity. The AIM-9 missiles have been delivered to more than 40 countries.

The AIM-9X missile is the next generation Sidewinder. AIM-9X will provide US and allied nations fighters with the following capabilities: full day/night employment, resistance to countermeasures, extremely high off-boresight acquisition and launch envelopes, enhanced maneuverability and improved target acquisition ranges. One of the main breakthrough of the AIM-9X missile is a thrust vector controlled airframe. AIM-9X carries a contact fuze device and a new IR seeker that will enable, through the JHMCS, high off-boresight engagements. Its digital design architecture will ensure future growth capability.

The AIM-9X missile will be integrated on F-15C/D/E, F/A-18C/D/E/F, F-16s and F/A-22A. No plans have been released about integration of AIM-9X on the F-35. No combat related features of the AIM-9X are its reduced ownership costs, reduced maintainability, high availability and affordability. The US Navy and the US Air Force plan to buy 10,080 missiles. AIM-9X foreign military sales could be 5,000 units according to US government sources.

On November 18, 2004, Raytheon was awarded a $158 million contract to exercise an option for more than 550 AIM-9X missiles, 167 captive air training missiles and 170 missile containers. The work is expected to be completed in April 2006. This AIM-9X missiles were distributed as follows: US Air Force (178), the US Navy (93), and the Governments of Poland (178), Denmark (60), South Korea (41), and Switzerland (quantity classified). It represents the first full rate production contract awarded to Raytheon for the AIM-9X program.

Raytheon delivered the 1,000th AIM-9X Sidewinder missile to the US Navy and the US Air Force on March 29, 2005. The Navy and the Air Force have commitments to take delivery of up to 10,142 missiles worth $3 billion including development costs.

AIM-9X Sidewinder Applications

Artillery Systems Stryker MSL Combat Aircraft F-15 Silent Eagle F-15C Eagle F-15D Eagle F-15E Strike Eagle F-15K Slam Eagle F-15SA F-15SG F-16C Block 50 F-16C Block 52 F-16D Block 50 F-16D Block 52 F-16E Desert Falcon F-16F Desert Falcon F/A-18A Hornet F/A-18B Hornet F/A-18C Hornet F/A-18D Hornet F/A-18E Super Hornet F/A-18F Super Hornet F/A-22A Raptor

AIM-9X Sidewinder Specifications

Diameter: 130 millimeter (5.12 inch)
Length: 3 meter (118 inch)
Wingspan: 350 millimeter (13.8 inch)
Max Range: 26,000 meter (14.0 nautical mile)
Top Speed: 850 mps (3,061 kph)
Warhead: 10 kilogram (22.0 pound)
Weight: 85 kilogram (187 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AIM-9X Sidewinder News

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14 Nov 2003 and 3 May 2019
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Friday, May 3, 2019FMS: Bahrain Wants Weapons to Support F-16 Block 70 and F-16V Aircraft Fleet
Thursday, April 12, 2018F-35 Stealth Fighter Completes Flight Test Program
Wednesday, April 4, 2018FMS: Slovakia Requests Sale of 14 F-16 Block 70/72 V Aircraft
Friday, September 8, 2017FMS: Bahrain Requests Upgrade of F-16 Block 40 Aircraft to F-16V Configuration
Monday, August 7, 2017US Air Force to Upgrade F-22 Raptors to Keep Them Flying in 2060
Wednesday, March 29, 2017US Air Force F-22 Gets AIM-9X Shrot-Range Air-to-Air Missile
Wednesday, August 10, 2016US Air Force F-35A Jet Scores Three Successful Test Firings of AIM-9X Block I Air-to-Air Missiles
Saturday, June 15, 2013US Navy Delivers 5,000th AIM-9X Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missile
Tuesday, April 24, 2012F-35A Completes First In-Flight Refueling Mission with External Weapons
Monday, October 24, 2011Raytheon Awarded US Navy Missile Launcher Contract

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