Lightning with AIM-9L

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Supposedly mounting the AIM-9L on the Lightning F.6 was proposed. Did this ever get as far as form and fit trials? Anyone have photos or drawings?

http://www.lightning.org.uk/archive/0409.php
 

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PG_69 said:
Supposedly mounting the AIM-9L on the Lightning F.6 was proposed. Did this ever get as far as form and fit trials? Anyone have photos or drawings?

http://www.lightning.org.uk/archive/0409.php

There is a "joke" photo in "Project: Cancelled" showing a Lightning with a Sidewinder mounted on its Red Top rail. However, it was put together as a joke by some RAF ground crew, not a serious project. There were though, serious studies about mounting a Genie nuclear Air-to-Air missile on the Lightning. Apart from that, the only air-to-air weapons which it actually carried were Firestreak and Red Top.
 

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"An AIM9L Sidewinder air-to-air missile fit was mocked up on a Lightning in 1982,
bu its integration (which would have provided a significant increase in capability)
was not approved. Nor was it ever equipped with a radar warning receiver. "

AirInternational March 2009 ;)
 

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