The AIM-9M Sidewinder is an American short-range air-to-air missile, a much more modernized and improved variant in the AIM-9 Sidewinder lineup developed in the 1950s. Most models of Sidewinder missile make use of infrared homing systems, including the AIM-9M. The AIM-9M itself is an improvement over the AIM-9L, which itself was a major step in the direction of creating a more capable all-around anti-air missile.
The AIM-9M Sidewinder is a secondary weapon for American aircraft (F/A-18, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-35B) and the Eurofighter Typhoon featured in Battlefield 2. It is the statistical equivalent of the AA-11 Archer, which is used by Middle Eastern Coalition and People's Liberation Army as a secondary weapon on their respective fighter and multirole aircraft. It has a maximum lock-on range of 375 m, maximum lock-on angle of 90 degree (45 degree per side), tracking delay of 0.1 seconds, maximum pitch and yaw values of 3, the rates of changing pitch and yaw are both valued at 1, and the minimum distance for every change in pitch or yaw is 10 m. It is also the missile projectile used by the in-game RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile system on the USS Essex (LHD-2), evidenced by the in-game file.