AIM-9M Sidewinder Mission
Provide all-weather, all-altitude, short-range, air-to-air capability to attack high-performance aircraft and missiles from any direction.
The Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-9M Sidewinder is a supersonic, short-range, passive infrared-guided, air-to-air missile with a high explosive warhead. The Sparrow has all-altitude, all-weather, and all-aspect capabilities. The missile can be carried by the A-10, F-15, F-16, F-16 ADF, and F-18. The missile’s main components are an infrared homing guidance section, an active optical target detector, a high-explosive warhead, and a rocket motor.
The AIM-9M features improved defense against infrared countermeasures, enhanced background discrimination capability, and a reducedsmoke rocket motor. These modifications increase its ability to locate and lock-on a target and decrease the missile’s chances for detection.