AIM-9B Sidewinder

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AIM-9B Sidewinder
Missile AIM-9B Fired.jpg
Infrared Homing MissileType
USA USA flag.pngCountry of Origin
General Characteristics
800 m/sMaximum Speed
10 GMaximum Overload
17.6 kNMotor Thrust
2.1 SecondsMotor Burn time
20 SecondsMax flight time
12,000 mMax flight distance
< 3,000 mRecommended max range
IR Seeker
4,000 mMax lock range in rear-aspect
4 secondsPower up time
15 SecondsMax acquisition time
Seeker FoV
NoUncaged seeker
NoCan be slaved to radar
Seeker gimbal limit pre-launch
25°Seeker gimbal limit
11°/sTracking rate
4.5 kgExplosive mass
TNTExplosive type
5 mProximity fuse range
70 kgMissile mass
2,830 mmLength
127 mmDiameter
FinsSteering system
Production History
Naval Weapons Center - China LakeDesigner
Full ProductionProduction Status
1956 - 1962Produced


The AIM-9B is an American infrared homing air-to-air missile, it was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic". The AIM-9B is the earliest and least capable member of the Sidewinder family of missiles found in the game. It was the basis for the later Sidewinder missiles, as well as many other missiles found in the game. The Rb24 is an AIM-9B built under license in Sweden, while the R-3S, R-13M and PL-2 are all decedents of the Vympel R-3 missile, which was a Soviet reverse-engineered version of the AIM-9B. The AIM-9B also served as the basis for the design of the Israeli Shafrir missile, although there are notable differences between the two.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Jet fighters 
USA  F9F-8 · FJ-4B · FJ-4B VMF-232 · F-100D · F-4C Phantom II
Germany  Sea Hawk Mk.100 · CL-13B Mk.6
Japan  F-86F-40 ▅ · F-86F-40 JASDF▅ · T-2
Italy  ▄F-86K · G.91 R/4 · G.91 YS
France  ▄F-86K · ▄F-100D · Super Mystere B2

General info

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Effective damage

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Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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  • Effective at killing low energy targets
  • Decent effective range can travel far in a straight line to intercept
  • very effective against heavy aircraft and bombers with cumbersome maneuverability for evasion
  • effective against aircraft compressing at high speed


  • Narrow firing circle compared to later missiles with uncaged seekers
  • Poorest range of all AIM-9 variants
  • Often loses track when the target maneuvers in more than one dimension or makes a sharp turn


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See also

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AAM  AIM-7D Sparrow · AIM-7E Sparrow
  AIM-9B Sidewinder · AIM-9D Sidewinder · AIM-9E Sidewinder · AIM-9G Sidewinder · AIM-9J Sidewinder · AIM-9L Sidewinder · AIM-9P Sidewinder
  AIM-92 Stinger
AGM  AGM-12B Bullpup · AGM-12C Bullpup · AGM-22 · AGM-65A · AGM-114B Hellfire · AGM-114K Hellfire II · BGM-71D TOW-2
AAM  AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder
AGM  HOT-1 · HOT-2 TOW · HOT-3 · PARS 3 LR
SAM  Roland
AAM  9M39 Igla · R-3R · R-3S · R-13M · R-60 · R-60M
AGM  9K127 Vikhr · 9M17M Falanga · 9M17P Falanga-PV · 9M120 Ataka · 9M120M Ataka
  Kh-23M · Kh-25 · Kh-29L · Kh-66
ATGM  3M7 · 9M14 · 9M113 Konkurs · 9M114 Shturm · 9M123 · 9M133
SAM  9M311 · 9M311-1M
AAM  Fireflash · Firestreak · Red Top · SRAAM
ATGM  BAe Swingfire · MILAN · MILAN 2 · ZT3
SAM  Starstreak
ATGM  Type 64 MAT · Type 79
SAM  Type 91
ATGM  HJ-73 · HJ-73E
SAM  Mistral SATCP
AAM  AA-20 Nord · Matra R530 · Matra R530E · Matra R550 Magic 1 · Mistral · Shafrir
AGM  9M14-2 Malyutka-2 · AS-20 Nord · AS-30 Nord · HOT-1 · HOT-2 TOW · HOT-3
SAM  Roland
AAM  RB24 · RB24J
AGM  Rb05A
ATGM  Rbs 55 · Rbs 56
SAM  Rbs 70
  AAM = Air-to-Air Missile   AGM = Air-to-Ground Missile   ATGM = Anti-Tank Guided Missile (Ground mounts)   SAM = Surface-to-Air Missile