Nammo: A propellant reload programme for AIM-9L

The Sidewinder family of missiles has been in operational service with many air forces worldwide since the 1950’s, and even older versions are still commonly used by several nations. Nammo started its Sidewinder Rocket Motor production in the 1960’s with the AIM-9B version and substantial quantities were manufactured up to the late 1970’s. A new and modern composite propellant Rocket Motor plant was then established for mass production of the AIM-9L version, and this production line is still fully operational with high capacity. The Sidewinder is the most widely used air-to-air missile in the West, with more than 110,000 missiles produced for the US and 27 other nations. Several upgrades and improvements of the various Sidewinder versions have been offered to increase operational capabilities as well as service life. A propellant reload programme is currently ongoing for expired AIM-9L Rocket Motors.