The AIM-9M is a third-generation model of the Sidewinder. The all-aspect
capability allows the seeker to acquire targets from any angle, although it
still works better from the rear hemisphere. It outperforms the -9P in all
areas, including maneuverability, seeker sensitivity, target tracking,
lethality and susceptibility to countermeasures. It also has a low-smoke
motor which reduces launch and ingress detection. Of the 1,000 Sidewinders
fired in combat since the missile's introduction, 308 destroyed their
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