Raytheon Awarded $392.4 Million for AIM-9X Sidewinder Missiles

Raytheon Missile Systems is awarded a contract modification, worth around $392.4 million, for the production and delivery of AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles.

This modification exercises options for the production and delivery of tactical missiles (Lot 20 AIM-9X, Block II and Block II plus), captive air training missiles (CATM), plus all up round tactical missiles, captive test missiles, special air training missiles, advanced optical target detectors, Block II and II plus guidance units (live battery), captive air training missile guidance units (inert battery), Block I and II propulsion steering sections, electronic units, multiple purpose training missiles, tail caps, maintenance, sectionalization kits, containers, and spares. In addition, this modification provides for material in support of repairs, depot maintenance and refurbishment.

The award is in support of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and the governments of Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Japan, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The contract work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (31%); Andover, Massachusetts (10%); Keyser, West Virginia (9%); Santa Clarita, California (8%); Hillsboro, Oregon (5%); Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (5%); Goleta, California (4%); Cheshire, Connecticut (4%); Heilbronn, Germany (3%); Simsbury, Connecticut (2%); San Jose, California (2%); Valencia, California (2%); Anaheim, California (2%); Cajon, California (2%); Cincinnati, Ohio (1%); Anniston, Alabama (1%); San Diego, California (1%); Chatsworth, California (1%); Amesbury, Massachusetts (1%); Claremont, California (1%); Sumner, Washington (1%); and various locations within the continental U.S. (4%), and is expected to be completed in July 2023.

The U.S. Department of the Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is the contracting activity (N00019-18-C-1068) (P00009).

AIM-9X Sidewinder

Raytheon’s AIM-9X Sidewinder missile is one of the most advanced infrared-tracking, short-range, anti-air missiles in the world. A true tri-use missile, the AIM-9X Sidewinder missile is effective in air-to-air (AAM), air-to-surface (ASM) or surface-to-air (SAM) applications with no modifications required.

As an AAM, the missile is configured for easy installation on a wide range of modern aircraft, including the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Hornet, E/A-18G Growler, F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II fighter jets. As a SAM, it is used on the U.S. Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability Program on the multi-mission launcher. The missile has also been tested from Kongsberg/Raytheon’s NASAMS air defense system.

The AIM-9X missile is actively deployed on U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force aircraft, as well as the air forces of 22 international partner nations.

The current version, the AIM-9X Block II missile, is in its 16th year of production. It adds a redesigned fuze and a digital ignition safety device that enhances ground handling and in-flight safety. It also features updated electronics that enable significant enhancements, including lock-on-after-launch capability using a new weapon datalink to support beyond visual range engagements.

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