The AIM-9X air-to-air missile is the most advanced missile in the US Sidewinder series.

(Taken from Raytheon's official website)

[Compile Chen Chengliang/Comprehensive Report] On the afternoon of the 4th US Eastern Time, the U.S. military dispatched the most powerful F-22 Raptor (Raptor) fighter jet in active service to launch a new generation of AIM-9X Sidewinder (AIM-9 Sidewinder) air-to-air missiles, which hit and shot down perfectly. This is also the first time that the F22 fighter jet has shot down a target in the air since it entered service with the U.S. Air Force in 2005. The Chinese Air Force has purchased a new batch of AIM-9X missiles, and the same type of missiles are in preparation for combat.

The Ministry of National Defense announced in January that the Chinese military delegation to the United States had signed the "F-16 Mechanism Air Weapons" procurement agreement with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), that is, 100 "AIM-9X" Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and 4 sets of tactical weapons. Guide components and other related equipment.

This type of missile is equipped with a helmet-mounted targeting system (JHMCS), which can be used to shoot off-axis with the pilot's eyes. It is speculated that because of this performance, it is used to shoot down surveillance balloons with uncertain tracks.

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AIM-9 is a short-range air-to-air missile developed by Raytheon Missile Systems, a U.S. military fire dealer, that uses infrared guidance to chase targets.

The development prototype "AIM-9A" was successfully launched for the first time in 1953; the first production version "AIM-9B" was put into use in 1956 and has been continuously improved until today.

The AIM-9X missile has a range of about 26 kilometers and a flight speed of Mach 2.5. It can increase the lockable airspace during air combat aiming, and has the ability to launch attacks off-axis.

my country previously purchased 140 "AIM-9X" and Harpoon missiles and AIM-120 advanced medium-range missiles for F-16 during the F-16V performance improvement project.

◎AIM-9 "Sidewinder" (Sidewinder) missile properties:

Type: Short-range air-to-air missile

Engine: solid state propulsion rocket

Developing country: United States

In service: 1956 to present

Range: AIM-9X about 26 kilometers

Flight speed: AIM-9X about Mach 2.5

(Source: Wikipedia,