Refreshed South American missile AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder «air-to-air» test and passed half eclipsed expectations the U.S. Navy. It is reported by Flightglobal.
Of the 22 tests passed successfully cope with the missile 21. Moreover, almost always refreshed rocket characteristics significantly overshadowed level AIM-9X Block I. In the course of 7 rocket test launches 5 times struck a training goal.
The only drawback found in the testing process was the behavior of the rocket out of sight of the pilot of the aircraft. As noted, the characteristics of the rocket as a whole correct, but so far worse than the previous generation Sidewinder. In general, the deficit will be revised by the end of the test, which is scheduled for autumn 2013.
Preceding version missile AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder has a number of significant improvements. Namely, was usovershenstovan capture target missile after launch, on the pilots will be able to hit enemy aircraft from a greater distance. In addition, thanks to the latest data transmission system (like a guided missile AIM-120D AMRAAM), AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder will be able to receive information from the plane refreshed on a target.
AIM-9 Sidewinder is a short-range guided missile acts with infrared homing. First version of the missile weapons stood on the U.S. in the 1950s, the version AIM-9X have adopted in 2003. Such missiles to protect the interests of the 10-s, including the U.S., Japan, Israel, Finland and Turkey. Sidewinder is compatible with most modern fighters, among which the F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-15 Eagle, JAS 39 Gripen, and South American fighters 5th generation — F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.