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Sidewinder Overview Part IV: AIM-9J/N/P

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BackgroundThe tumultuous years of the Vietnam War challenged the tactics and strategy of United States military air power. Air to air combat involving missiles was still fairly new and the fledgling technology was unreliable, so much so that the US Air Force was forced to concede that fighter aircraft did indeed require guns to defend themselves. Never the less, missiles were improved and developed at a rapid pace and the AIM-9 Sidewinder essentially grew up in the skies over south east Asia. The AIM-9B would be the first version to deploy to Vietnam, followed by the D, E, G, H and finally, the J. All but the AIM-9H would score at least one victory against North Vietnamese aircraft. The AIM-9J arrived in Vietnam in July of 1972 and would be responsible for several of the final aerial kills of the war, downing three MiG-21's in September and October of the same year.
  In service with the United States, the Juliet was only used by the Air Force. It was an improvement upon the AIM-…