Raytheon Missile Systems is being awarded a contract modification for the incorporation of the Block II plus engineering change proposal into 100 AIM-9X missiles that were purchased under Lot 17.
The contract, worth $10 million, was awarded by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located in Patuxent River, Maryland. Fiscal 2017 missile procurement (Air Force); and fiscal 2017 weapons procurement (Navy) funds for the amount will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona. Work is expected to be completed in September 2020.
The AIM-9X Sidewinder missile is one of the most advanced infrared-tracking, short-range air-to-air (AAM) and surface-to-air missile (SAM) in the world.
It is configured for easy installation on a wide range of modern U.S. military aircraft, including the F-15 Eagle, F-16 fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Hornet and F-4 Phanton II fighters; A-4 Skyhawk, A-6 Intruder and AV-8B Harrier II attack aircraft; and the AH-1 Cobra helicopter. Allied aircraft configured for AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles include the Panavia Tornado, the JA-37 Viggen and the Sea Harrier.
The AIM-9X missile is a true dual-use missile, effective in either air-to-air or surface-to-air applications with no modifications required. It is compatible with the U.S. Army’s ground-based multi-mission launcher.
The effectiveness and versatility of the AIM-9X missile have been combat-proven in several theaters throughout the world. It is actively deployed on U.S. Navy and Air Force F-15, F-16 and F-18 aircraft, and also in the air forces of 18 international customers.
The AIM-9X Block II missile is the current version of the AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range missile family, in use by more than 40 nations. This next generation missile is in its 14th year of production.
The new Block II variant 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.