Monday 15 July, 2024

Raytheon wins US Navy contract for AIM-9X missiles

Raytheon Technologies has been awarded a $264 million modification contract from the United States Navy to produce and deliver 571 AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles.

The AIM-9X Sidewinder is a triple-threat missile that can be used for air-to-air engagements, surface-attack and surface-launch missions without modifications. It is a U.S. Navy-led joint program with the U.S. Air Force and also has 31 Foreign Military Sales partners.

The AIM-9X Sidewinder is an infrared air-to-air missile that belongs to the family of AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range missiles produced by Raytheon. It is currently in service with more than 24 countries worldwide.

It is equipped with updated electronics, including a lock-on-after-launch capability using a new weapon datalink to support beyond-visual range engagements. It also has a redesigned fuze and a digital ignition safety device to improve handling and in-flight safety.

The contract is a modification to a production Lot 23 contract, that was originally awarded to Raytheon in December.2022. Raytheon will also produce associated parts for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and its foreign military sales customers, as well as provide captive air training systems, containers, related kits and support equipment for the missiles. The majority of the work is expected to be completed in August 2026.

This contract demonstrates Raytheon’s commitment to providing advanced and reliable weapons systems to the U.S. military and its allies. The AIM-9X Sidewinder missile is a vital component of the U.S. Navy’s and U.S. Air Force’s air superiority and air defence capabilities, as well as a key element of the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS), which adds a short-range layer of defence.

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