The Sidewinder has had a long and very successful career with the U.S. military. Earlier versions
were used in Vietnam. It has seen action against Libyan fighters, and again in Iraq. It has been
manufactured in both infrared and radar-guided modes, and it has been adopted by many countries
in NATO as one of their premiere air-defense weapons. This missile is so popular with other nations
that countries from the Soviet Union to South Africa have come up with their own copies of the