Sidewinder Support Partnership in 2013

21 November 2012


The AIM-9 Sidewinder missile system is the short range air-to-air weapon of choice for most air forces.

The AIM-9 Sidewinder missile system is the short range air-to-air weapon of choice for most air forces. Several Sidewinder generations and versions are in the inventories of NATO countries today, responding to ever increasing capability demands and reflecting the technological progress made after its first production in the 1950s. For many years, various AIM-9L Sidewinder user countries have been receiving support through the framework of the European Sidewinder Consortium with Germany as the lead country.

Germany has decided in 2010 to let the underlying Memorandum of Understanding expire after the end of 2012. Since then, NSPA and German authorities have co-operated closely to ensure continued support to user countries and develop mechanisms for the seamless transition to a new Partnership. Transition activities culminated at the 3rd Sidewinder Partnership Agreement Committee meeting, held on 08 November 2012 at NSPA, when nine Sidewinder user countries decided to establish a Sidewinder Support Partnership in 2013.

The new Partnership will provide the full range of missile logistics services and is open to support Sidewinder versions other than AIM-9L. The NSPA Office in charge of supporting Sidewinder is the LM Programme (Rockets, Missiles, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Combat Vehicles Programme), which can be contacted at: .