Raytheon awarded $96.2 million sidewinder contract

Raytheon has received a $96.2 million contract from the US Naval Air Systems Command for continued production of the AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missile.

Raytheon has received a $96.2 million contract for continued production of the AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missile. The award was made by the US Naval Air Systems Command.

The firm-fixed-price contract includes 599 AIM-9X tactical and training missiles as well as AIM-9X specific support and test equipment.

AIM-9X is currently undergoing Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL) by both the US Navy and Air Force to determine its overall readiness for each service.

The OPEVAL segment of testing consists of 22 guided launches, numerous hours of captive flight evaluation and extensive testing of the associated logistic equipment.

Work will be performed at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona, and is scheduled to be completed in April 2005.

The AIM-9X is a joint US Navy and US Air Force program currently in engineering and manufacturing development. It is the newest member of the AIM-9 Sidewinder short range missile family.

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