AIM-9B Sidewinder

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Description

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 · Etendard IVM

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

Pros:

  • Effective at destroying low energy targets
  • Decent effective range can travel far in a straight line to intercept
  • Very effective against aircraft with cumbersome maneuverability
  • Effective against aircraft compressing at high speed

Cons:

  • 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

History

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See also

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Missiles
USA 
AAM  AIM-9B Sidewinder · AIM-9E Sidewinder · AIM-9J Sidewinder · AIM-9L Sidewinder
  AIM-92 Stinger · Shafrir
AGM  AGM-12B Bullpup · AGM-12C Bullpup · AGM-22 · AGM-114B Hellfire · AGM-114K Hellfire II
  BGM-71 TOW · BGM-71 TOW-2
ATGM  BGM-71B TOW · BGM-71C I-TOW
SAM  MIM146
Germany 
AAM  AIM-92 Stinger (USA)
AGM  AGM-114B Hellfire (USA) · BGM-71 TOW (USA) · HOT-1 · HOT-3 · PARS 3 LR
ATGM  BGM-71B TOW (USA) · BGM-71C I-TOW (USA) · HOT-K3S
SAM  Roland
USSR 
AAM  9M39 Igla · R-3S · R-13M · R-60 · R-60M
AGM  9K127 Vikhr · 9M17M Falanga · 9M17P Falanga-PV · 9M120 Ataka · 9M120M Ataka
ATGM  3M7 · 9M14 · 9M113 Konkurs · 9M114 Shturm
SAM  9M311
Britain 
AAM  AIM-9D Sidewinder (USA) · AIM-9E Sidewinder (USA) · AIM-92 Stinger (USA)
  Fireflash · Firestreak · Red Top · SRAAM
AGM  AGM-22 (USA) · AGM-114B Hellfire (USA) · AGM-114C Hellfire (USA) · BGM-71 TOW (USA) · BGM-71 TOW-2 (USA)
ATGM  BAe Swingfire · MILAN · MILAN 2
SAM  Starstreak
Japan 
AAM  AIM-9B Sidewinder (USA) · AIM-9E Sidewinder (USA)
ATGM  Type 64 MAT · Type 79
China 
AAM  PL-2
Italy 
AAM  AA-20 Nord (France) · AIM-9B Sidewinder (USA)
AGM  AGM-114B Hellfire (USA) · AS-20 Nord (France) · BGM-71 TOW-2 (USA)
France 
AAM  AA-20 Nord · AIM-9B Sidewinder (USA) · Mistral
AGM  9M14-2 Malyutka-2 (USSR) · AS-20 Nord · BGM-71 TOW (USA) · HOT-1 · HOT-3
ATGM  HOT · SS.11
SAM  Mistral SATCP · Roland
Sweden 
AAM  Rb24
ATGM  Rbs 55
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