U.S. AIM-9X Sidewinder air to air missiles already have anti-ship capability (Figure)
to add a U.S. Navy carrier aircraft’s AIM-9X Sidewinder air to air missiles, according to Raytheon
website December 9, 2009 reported in a September 23 test, Raytheon demonstrated the AIM- 9X Sidewinder infrared-guided air-to-advanced missiles to attack surface targets. U.S. Air Force F-16C fighter jets launched an AIM-9X missiles, sunk in the Gulf of Mexico quickly moving target vessel.
Raytheon Missile Systems vice president of air operations, said Harry Schulte: “With the software upgrade, AIM-9X air to air missiles in its ability to retain, but also the ability to obtain a space-ship. AIM-9X is now ability to perform cost-effective additional combat missions. “
the AIM-9X missile test is the third hit the mobile surface targets. In April 2008, the U.S. Air Force F-16 fighters launched AIM-9X and a motor boat sank, March 2007, the U.S. Air Force F-15C fighters launched an AIM – 9X destroyed a fast-moving armored personnel carriers.
a total of more than 400 Raytheon employees were in Arizona Tucson, Andover, Massachusetts and California Goleta design and manufacture of AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles. There are hundreds of companies involved in manufacturing in the U.S. AIM-9X components. Major suppliers include: Alliant Technology Systems, Inc., Atlantic Inertial Systems, Inc., Axsys Technologies, BAE Solutions, Celestica Corporation, Cristek Interconnects company, ENSER company, HR Textron company, Klune Industries, L3 Comm Corporation, L3 KDI Precision Products company. (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Electronic Science and Technology Information Institute Chen Hao)
Photos: U.S. Navy carrier air forces are equipped with the latest large number of AIM-9X missile combat