Air-launched Sidewinder missile tested as ground-based weapon – UPI.com

TUCSON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — The AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile has been successfully used as a ground-based air defense weapon was conducted recently by the U.S. Army and Raytheon. In the test, the unmodified missile locked onto an unmanned aerial vehicle target before launch, and then intercepted and destroyed the UAS, which was flying at an altitude of more than 4,900 feet, Raytheon said.

Source: Air-launched Sidewinder missile tested as ground-based weapon – UPI.com

This is hardly surprising, given that for decades, the primary ground based short range air defense in the Army was the Chapparal, which fired an earlier generation of Sidewinder missile. The article doesn’t specify much about  the launcher, but we’ve heard that the new one is a “common” launcher that will be able to fire either Sidewinder or AMRAAM or even one of several other short range anti-air missiles.