A short update comes to us from Eagle Dynamics’ Matt Wagner, this time showing off the AIM-9X Sidewinder’s HOBS (high off-boresight) engagement modes. Although the JHMCS helmet sight that makes this capability so incredible is not yet available and is not shown, the missile seeker on its own has an incredible range of tracking and ability to hit targets and the video from Matt shows this off fairly well.
Dogfights will never be the same
The R-73 (AA-11 “Archer”) already does this to some extent but the AIM-9X does take it to a fairly extreme level of being able to lock and engage targets at high angles. Check out the latest developer video to see it in action:
Be afraid of the F/A-18C Hornet in close in fights now. Be very afraid…