366th Fighter Wing receives new weapon for F-15E
By Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 29, 2018
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- The 366th Fighter Wing’s F-15E Strike Eagles are receiving a weapon upgrade to enhance mission capabilities.
The AIM-9X side-winder is a short-range, air-to-air missile that will increase fighter pilot’s abilities to track their enemies.
“The AIM-9LM was our basic heat-seeking missile across the Air Force for years,” said Master Sgt. Zachary Payne, 366th Maintenance Squadron weapons maintenance element NCOIC. “Our new AIM-9X has more maneuverability in the air, so it gives our pilots more range of motion while dog-fighting with enemy aircraft.”
The elite design of the AIM-9X munition is aimed to advance pilot’s ability to target enemy aircraft.
“They can actually track through their helmet,” said SSgt. Cameron Delsol, 366th Maintenance Squadron weapons loadcrew team chief. “All they have to do is look around and they have the ability to lock on a target.”
The upgraded missile is expected to benefit the Air Force with its improved flight performance.
“It will definitely impact the squadron, as there are multiple aircraft that can employ the AIM-9X,” said a 389th Fighter Squadron pilot. “It’s going to increase the squadron’s lethality and survivability as a whole.”