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USAF using AIM-9M in Syria

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Anyone here have info on why (in the last year or so), the USAF is now flying over Syria with a mixed load of AIM-9X and AIM-9M's (usually one of each)?   Prior to this, all US jets deployed over there (with the exception of F-15E's, which only recently converted) had been fully equipped with AIM-9X's.  

 

Seems pretty unusual, especially in an actual combat theater which potentially could bring American jets into conflict against some high end adversaries, that all of a sudden the USAF is replacing a state of the art missile with one that is 20 years old.  

 

Thoughts?  

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They have a limited shelf live.

The chemical propertys in the propellants and explosives start to degrade over time,as do the electronics...most are marked with a expiry date,and have a limited amount of flight hours.

Biggest threat over Syria has been UAV's better to use up a old stock almost time expired AIM-9M on a drone than a new and very costly AIM-9X.....save them for something else.

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As well as the above they probably have a limited carry life the same as bombs.

 

use the older ones first to use up their lifecycle.

 

julien

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