Raytheon receives Sidewinder order

Raytheon has received a $158 million contract for continued production of AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles and support materials. The contract includes 443 all-up-round AIM-9X tactical missiles, 153 AIM-9X training missiles and support equipment. The award was made by the US Naval Air Systems Command.

The AIM-9X is a joint US Navy and US Air Force program. It is the newest member of the AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range missile family in use by more than 40 nations.

Raytheon said in a statement that AIM-9X capabilities include high off boresight acquisition and launch in high clutter and infrared countermeasures environments and extreme agility for “first shot, first kill” dogfight air dominance.

The AIM-9X program successfully completed OPEVAL (operational evaluation) in November 2003 and was approved for full rate production in May 2004. Work will be performed at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona, and is to be completed in April 2007.