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AIM-9 Sidewinder
Function Short Range Air-to-Air missile
Manufacturer Raytheon/Ford
Unit cost $85000
Entered service Sept 1956
Engine Solid Fuel Rocket
Speed Mach 2.5
Range 11.3 miles
Warhead Blast Fragmentation

The AIM-9 Sidewinder is a heat-seeking, short-range, air-to-air missile carried by fighter aircraft and recently, certain gunship helicopters.

The Sidewinder was the first truly effective air-to-air missile, widely imitated and copied; yet its variants and upgrades remain in active service with many air forces after five decades.

Originally required to be locked and launched at a target from the rear, the more recent version's seeker head is all angle and doesn't require Top Guns to get behind their target.