Raytheon missiles receives modification contract to provide AIM-9X Block II missiles to US

According to a contract released by the U.S. DoD (Department of Defense) on July 6, 2020, Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $34,749,670 modification (P00011) to previously-awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract N00019-18-C-1068 for AIM-9X Block II all up round tactical missiles. 
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Raytheon missiles receives modification contract to provide AIM 9X Block II missiles to US 925 001 Sailors assigned to the Red Rippers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 remove an AIM-9x missile from an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). (Picture source U.S. Navy)

This modification provides for the production and delivery of 58 additional Lot 20 AIM-9X Block II all up round tactical missiles (29 for the Navy and 29 for the Air Force); an additional 61 Block II Captive Air Training Missiles (one for the Navy and 60 for the Air Force); an additional 35 all up round containers (12 for the Navy and 23 for the Air Force); and one lot of spares assets for the governments of Finland, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Turkey and Poland.

The AIM-9X® Sidewinder missile is a triple-threat missile that can be used for air-to-air engagements, surface-attack and surface-launch missions without modifications. A U.S. Navy-led, joint program with the U.S. Air Force, the AIM-9X Sidewinder also has 24 Foreign Military Sales partners. The advanced infrared-tracking, short-range missile is combat proven in several theaters around the world.

The AIM-9X missile is configured for easy installation on a wide range of modern aircraft, including the F-15 Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Super Hornet, E/A-18G Growler, F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. It's used on the U.S. Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability Program on the multi-mission launcher.

The AIM-9X Block II missile adds a redesigned fuze and a digital ignition safety device to improve handling and in-flight safety. It's equipped with updated electronics, including a lock-on-after-launch capability using a new weapon datalink to support beyond visual range engagements.