AIM-9X Sidewinder

AIM-9X is the newest variant of Sidewinder. The AIM-9X has the same rocket motor and warhead as the AIM-9M. Major physical changes from previous versions of the missile include fixed forward canards and smaller fins designed to increase flight performance. The guidance section has been redesigned and features an imaging infrared seeker. The propulsion section now incorporates a jet-vane steering system for enhanced post-launch agility. The X model is also compatible with the Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System, which is designed for ease of target acquisition and decreased aircrew workload.

General Characteristics

Primary Function: Air-to-air missile
Contractor: Raytheon and Loral Martin
Power Plant: Hercules and Bermite Mk 36 Mod 11
Length: 9 feet, 5 inches (2.87 meters)
Diameter: 5 inches (0.13 meters)
Fin span: 2 feet, 3/4 inches (0.63 meters)
Warhead: Annular blast fragmentation warhead
Launch Weight: 190 pounds (85.5 kilograms)
Guidance System: Solid-state, infrared homing system

Joint Strike Fighter

The F-35, or Joint Strike Fighter, is an advanced air system designed to replace older fighter aircraft used by the United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corp. This state-of-the-art system must follow strict requirements but has always been designed under the direction of four pillars. The F-35 must be affordable, lethal, survivable and supportable.

Designed and manufactured in three different versions, the F-35 is able to meet a wide variety of needs, making it one of the most progressive and lethal fighter forces of its kind. These three different versions include:

  • Conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL)
  • Short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL)
  • Aircraft-carrying (CV)

All versions are designed with many essential elements unique to the F-35. A few of these necessary components include the aircraft’s propulsion system, avionics suite, weapons system and advanced flight control system. These pieces and many more are what make the F-35 a breakthrough, next-generation aircraft.

The F-35 is one of the premier aircraft tested at Edwards Air Force Test Center. It’s just another one of the advanced military technologies that our flight test engineers get to work on every day.

Electronic Warfare

The Electronic Warfare Group is the Air Force focal point for electronic warfare (EW) test and evaluation. It provides the world’s preeminent test and evaluation capabilities, resources and expertise for EW and avionic systems.

The Electronic Warfare Group has full EW test and evaluation capabilities to meet mission-specific requirements. Extensive test facilities include the Test and Evaluation Modeling and Simulation facility, systems integration laboratories for software test and integration, hardware-in-the-loop facilities to evaluate the effectiveness of EW systems and tactics, and installed systems test facilities, such as the Benefield Anechoic Facility. Open air ranges, flight test and measurement facilities provide antenna performance and aircraft radio frequency and infrared signature test and evaluation capabilities.


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