RUAG Aviation has been awarded a contract for guidance and control section used on the AIM-95P-5 Sidewinder missile, primarily used on F-5 Tiger light fighter in support of foreign military sales (FMS) customers.
The firm-fixed-price contract, valued at around $25 million, was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located in Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. This contract involves 100 percent foreign military sales.
Work will be performed in Emmen, Switzerland, and is expected to be complete by March 22, 2023.
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.