The US Air Force announced that the 12th and 19th fighter squadrons at Elmendorf
Air Force Base, Alaska, are the world's first units to field and train with the
new AIM-9X Sidewinder short range air-to-air missile.
AIM-9X incorporates a fifth generation staring focal plane array seeker for
improved guidance performance and infrared countermeasures resistance. The new
missile features fire and forget capability and integration with a
helmet-mounted cueing system.
The AIM-9X missile overall performance will enable Sidewinder missiles to be
suitable for front-line air combat well into the 21st century.
In addition the the United States, the Air Forces of Switzerland, South Korea
and Poland have selected the AIM-9X missile to fill their future needs after
The US Air Force plans to purchase up to 5,080 AIM-9X missiles from 2000 through
2018. The US Navy also plans to buy up to 5,000 missiles bringing the total US
sales at the 10,000 units figure. According to Raytheon estimates, international
sales could represent another 5,000 AIM-9X missiles.
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