Write an introduction to the article in 2-3 small paragraphs. Briefly tell us about the history of the development and combat using the weaponry and also about its features. Compile a list of air, ground, or naval vehicles that feature this weapon system in the game.
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Tell us about the tactical and technical characteristics of the missile.
Like most Sidewinders, the missile features a 4.5 kg warhead that makes it an effective air-to-air missile. In general, a direct hit will either destroy or critically damage an enemy aircraft. If a near miss is achieved, the damage will be sharply decreased.
Comparison with analogues
Give a comparative description of missiles that have firepower equal to this weapon.
Usage in battles
Aim-9J is a great tool for any situation where a gun cannot suffice or the pilot has no time to engage. When having used other infrared missiles, the Aim-9J takes virtually no time to get used to.
Deploying Aim-9J in combat
Aim-9J is best used when having to chase an enemy fighter that accelerates away from you, or is yet outside of effective gun range. Timing is key to sucess with using Aim-9J, since unlike any other type of armament, Aim-9J requires 5 seconds to warm up before readyness for launch, after wich the missile seeker will remain active for 10 seconds. So it is reccomended to plan a missile launch shortly ahead of warmup, such as picking out the target ahead in time and then positioning the engagement to your advantage. Aim-9J is most effective in distances from 0.75-3km at altitudes below 4km, or 1-4km above 4km of altitude respectively. Furthermore, it is reccomended to only fire Aim-9J against the targets rear, prefferably with an active afterburner to ensure continous tracking towards Aim-9Js upcoming flight. However, when attempting to engage a target moving on a tangent to the launch aircraft, it is reccomended to lead the missile slightly towards the target, to ensure the track is sustained throughout the flight. In most cases though, the exccellent seeker of Aim-9J will stay on target, even when flares or other countermeasures are deployed. The only threat to Aim-9J worth mentioning are heavily turning targets, due to its limited max. G-load of 20G, therefore making it not an impossible task to dodge Aim-9J.
Pros and cons
- TNT load sufficient to kill any aircraft it hits when compared to opposing aircrafts missiles such as R-60
- Accurate seeker hard to distract with flares
- Radar can assist the missile to pick the right target before launch
- Does not follow hard turning targets well unlike R-60 or R550
- Seeker remains warmed up for only 10 seconds
Examine the history of the creation and combat usage of the weapon in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too long, take it to a separate article, taking a link to the article about the weapon and adding a block "/History" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/(Weapon-name)/History) and add a link to it here using the
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