Ukraine Fires AIM-9X Sidewinder Missiles from NASAMS | Aviation Video

File photo of a National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, or NASAMS, firing AIM-9X during a 2022 exercise in Norway. (Image credit: U.S. Air Force photo)

Recently released footage shows an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile being fired from Ukrainian NASAMS fire unit.

Ukraine has begun using the AIM-9X Sidewinder AAM (Air-to-Air Missile) as a ground-launched AD (Air Defense) missile from the NASAMS (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System), going by a promotional feature released by Ukraine recenlty.

In a clip, the missile goes on to destroy the target in a WVR (Within Visual Range) engagement, consistent with its orientation as a short-range anti-aircraft air-launched missile.

The missile’s operation is shown as a part of an eight-and-a-half minute long news feature about United24, about Ukraine’s air defense efforts before Russia’s missile barrages. The feature begins with the missile leaving the six-canister launcher and quickly turning direction to end in a fireball. This indicates an aerial target has been intercepted.

Militarnyi reported that the NASAMS 3 system was used in the firing. Only this version of the system can fire the ‘X’ variant of the AIM-9 (AIM-9X).

“We have (shot down) 252 confirmed targets, including 114 drones and 137 cruise missiles,” said “Baron,” an officer…

Source theaviationist.com

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