basic point defense missile system

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In addition to manufacturing rocket motors for the AIM-7 Sparrow, ATK manufactures the rocket motors for the AIM-9M and AIM-9X Sidewinder as well as the AIM-120C and AIM-120D AMRAAM (advanced medium range air-to-air missile) missiles for the U.
There is an interesting discussion of problems with the over-restrictive rules of engagement and with air-to-air missiles, such as the AIM-7 Sparrow and early models of the AIM-9 Sidewinder.
The AMRAAM is a lighter, faster missile than the AIM-7 Sparrow and has a multishot, launch and leave capability.
With the current AIM-7 Sparrow missile, F/A-18s have to continue flying toward the target to support the missile on its way to impact.
Expending 8 AIM-9 Sidewinders, 5 AIM-7 Sparrows, and 3 AIM-120 AMRAAMS, the air wing was able to validate the latest air-to-air tactics.