AIM-9P Sidewinder

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This page is about the American air-to-air missile AIM-9P Sidewinder. For other versions, see AIM-9 Sidewinder (Family).


The AIM-9P Sidewinder missile (scale is approximate)

The AIM-9P Sidewinder is an American infrared homing air-to-air missile, it was introduced in Update "New Power".

As an export version of the AIM-9 Sidewinder, the AIM-9P delivers performance akin to that of the AIM-9J that allows for the AIM-9P to be used as a dogfighting missile against low-manoeuvring aircraft.

The AIM-9P-3 was designated as the RB24J in Swedish service, and as the Flz Lwf 63/80 in Swiss service.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
AIM-9P Sidewinder 
A-5  A-5C
T-2  T-2 Early · T-2
F-1  F-1
F-4  F-4EJ Phantom II · F-4EJ ADTW · F-4EJ Kai Phantom II
F-5  ␗F-5A · ␗F-5E
F-16  F-16AJ · ␗F-16A MLU · Netz · Barak II
F-104  F-104J · ▄F-104S TAF
SAAB 35  J35D · Saab J35XS
SAAB 37  JA37C · JA37D · AJ37 · AJS37
Flz Lwf 63/80  ◌Hunter F.58

General info

Missile characteristics
Mass 76.93 kg
Guidance IR
Aspect Rear-aspect
Lock range (rear-aspect) 5.5 km
Launch range 18 km
Maximum speed 2.5 M
Maximum overload 20 G
Missile guidance time 40 secs
Explosive mass 7.62 kg TNTeq

Effective damage

Describe the type of damage produced by this type of missile (high explosive, splash damage, etc)

Comparison with analogues

The AIM-9P is an export version of the US AIM-9J sold to China mostly. The AIM-9P has the same performance as the AIM-9J used in the American tech tree. Except with the addition of radar slaving.

Usage in battles

The AIM-9P Sidewinder can be used in battle as an air-to-air missile. You would have to fire the missile while locked on from behind because it is a "Rear Aspect" missile.

Pros and cons


  • 20G maximum overload
  • Simple point-lock-shoot user usage
  • Good seeker FOV


  • Limited range


When the AIM-9L Sidewinder began to be put into production in 1976 to replace other Sidewinder variants as the United States' main IR missile,[1] a need was created for Sidewinders to offer to the United States' allies that did not need or were not allowed access to the newest AIM-9 Sidewinder variants and their associated features such as all-aspect locking.[2]

The AIM-9P Sidewinder missile was developed as a family of export missiles. Sponsored by the US Air Force, this variant was based off the AIM-9J/N variants, though would be updated multiple times incorporating new features and improvements.[2][3]

A row of Swedish missile armaments for aircraft. A RB24J (Swedish designation for an AIM-9P-3) is seen second from the left.
Variants of the AIM-9P
  • AIM-9P - The first version, which is an improved AIM-9J model with greater engagement ranges. It also incorporates solid-state technology for better reliability and maintainability. Deliveries of this missile started in 1978.[4]
  • AIM-9P-1 - Introduces an active optical target detector with the DSU-15/B AOTD laser proximity fuze, replacing the old infrared influence fuze.[2][4]
  • AIM-9P-2 - Introduces a reduced-smoke rocket motor.[2][4]
  • AIM-9P-3 - Alongside the reduced-smoke rocket motor like the preceding P-2, the P-3 also includes a new insensitive munitions warhead and improved guidance and control section. Fuzing appears to be a mix of the original infrared fuze or the active optical target detector as the P-1.[2][4] The AIM-9P-3 is also the basis of the Swedish RB24J missile.[5]
  • AIM-9P-4 - Introduces ALASCA features and technology of the AIM-9L variants.[2] However, it is considered less agile to the AIM-9L variant.[3]
  • AIM-9P-5 - Introduces IRCCM incorporated in the AIM-9M variant.[2] This model is also the basis of the Swedish RB74, or RB24L, missile.[5]

More than 21,000 AIM-9P models were built during its production, though many were rebuilt AIM-9B/E/J. Despite being slated for export use, most of the missiles are in US Air Force inventory.[2]


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Related development

External links


  1. Westrum 2013, p.196
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Parsch 2008
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kopp 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "AIM-9 Sidewinder"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Goebel 2021
  • "AIM-9 Sidewinder.", Website. Accessed 02 Apr 2021 (Archive).
  • Goebel, Greg. "The Falcon & Sidewinder Air-To-Air Missiles." Air Vectors, 01 Mar. 2021, Website. Accessed 02 Apr 2021 (Archive).
  • Kopp, Carlo. "The Sidewinder Story: The Evolution of the AIM-9 Missile." Air Power Australia, 27 Jan 2014, Website. Accessed 02 Apr 2021 (Archive).
  • Parsch, Andreas. "AIM-9." Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles, Designation-Systems.Net, 09 July 2008, Website. Accessed 02 Apr 2021 (Archive).
  • Westrum, Ron. Sidewinder; Creative Missile Development at China Lake. Naval Institute Press, 30 Sep. 2013.

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