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AAM 5 (Japanese missile)

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Type  air-to-air
In service  2004 - present
Place of origin  Japan
Unit cost  55-60 million yen
AAM-5 (Japanese missile)
Used by  Japan Air Self-Defense Force
Manufacturer  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

The Mitsubishi AAM-5 (Type 04 air-to-air missile, 04式空対空誘導弾) is a short-range air-to-air missile developed and produced by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. Development of the missile as a replacement for the AAM-3 (Type 90) missile commenced in 1991 and it has been operational since 2004.



Unlike the Type 90 guided missile, the AAM-5 does not have a cannode. Instead, flight is controlled by a thrust vector controlled rocket motor and free-moving type control wings on the missile's tail, which provides high mobility. The central portion of the missile has a long, thin strakes.

The NEC manufactured seeker has also been improved. Addition of a triaxial gimbal to the infrared seeker has increased the field of view and an infrared focal plane array multi-element seeker allows infrared imaging. In particular, the addition of an optical fibre gyroscope INS means LOAL (Lock-on after launch) is possible mid-flight. End of flight conrol is via infrared imaging (IIR). In terms of generation, it is placed in the same generation as missiles such as the AIM-9X and IRIS-T.


  • AAM-5
  • Standard.
  • AAM-5B
  • Improved with enhanced background discrimination capability and capacity IRCCM, and Seeker cooling time is extended by the adoption of the Stirling engine.


  • Japan Air Self-Defense Force
  • F-15J Eagle
  • Mitsubishi F-2
  • Specifications

  • Length: 3,105 mm
  • Diameter: 130 mm
  • Wing span: 440 mm
  • Weight: 95 kg
  • Guidance: (Infrared homing (IIR) INS+COLOS) (B version (IRCCM) INS+COLOS)
  • Warhead: blast fragmentation warhead
  • Detonation: mechanism laser proximity fuze and impact
  • Range: 35 km
  • Speed: Mach 3+
  • References

    AAM-5 (Japanese missile) Wikipedia