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Raytheon wins $43mn contract from Norway, Japan and Taiwan for AIM-9X Block II missiles

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Raytheon wins $43mn contract from Norway, Japan and Taiwan for AIM-9X Block II missiles
 
The US-based defense contractor Raytheon has been awarded a $43 million contract for the procurement of 64 AIM-9X Block II all up round tactical full-rate production Lot 16 missiles for the governments of Japan (4), Norway (20), and Taiwan (40), the US Department of Defense announced on its website on Sept. 16, 2016.
     
Raytheon wins 43mn contract from Norway Japan and Taiwan for AIM 9X Block II missiles 640 001Raytheon's AIM-9X Block II air-to-air missile
(Credit: Raytheon)
     
In addition to these missiles, this modification provides for the procurement of 70 Block II captive air training missiles for the governments of Norway (30) and Taiwan (40) and 39 all up round containers for the governments of Norway (16) and Taiwan (23).

It also provides one spare active optical target detector for the government of Norway; two spare guidance units (live battery) for the government of Norway; six spare captive air training missile guidance units for the government of Norway; seven guidance unit containers for the government of Norway; one spare active optical target detector container for the government of Norway; and one spare Block II propulsion steering section for the government of Taiwan.

"Work is expected to be completed in December 2018. This contract combines purchases for the governments of Taiwan; Norway; and Japan under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity," the US DoD stated.

The AIM-9 Sidewinder is a short-range air-to-air missile developed by the United States Navy and bought by several air forces after six decades of active service. 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 Block II adds Lock-on After Launch capability with a datalink, so the missile can be launched first and then directed to its target afterwards by an aircraft with the proper equipment for 360 degree engagements. The AIM-9X Block II is also equipped with redesigned fuse and a unidirectional forward-quarter data-link.
 

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