July 04, 2016, 09:06:00 AM EDT By Zacks Equity Research, Zacks.com
Raytheon Company ‘s
Tucson, AZ-based Missile Systems division has won a modification contract worth $291.8 million for the procurement of AIM-9X Block II Missiles.
Details of the Contract
Per the contract, Raytheon will deliver 660 AIM-9X Block II All Up Round tactical full rate production Lot 16 Missiles for the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Army, as well as the governments of Japan, Norway and Taiwan.
Out of the total 660 orders, 596 missiles will be procured for the U.S. government while the rest is allocated for allied customers.
The modification also pertains to the procurement of 252 Block II Captive Air Training Missiles and other items for the U.S. and foreign governments.
Work is scheduled to be complete by Mar, 2019. The company will carry out 43.7% of the work in Tucson. The contract will use fiscal 2016 procurement, research, development, test & evaluation and foreign military sales funds.
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AIM-9X Block II Missile
he AIM-9 missile is a supersonic, heat-guided, air-to-air missile carried by most western fighter aircraft. It was introduced in 1956 (AIM-9B). This missile is used for self-defense purposes in close range combat situation, less than 20 kilometers, also known as dogfight. Once the AIM-9 has been launched its seeker follows the heat signature of the enemy’s aircraft engines. Current AIM-9 blast fragmentation warhead detonates by proximity. The AIM-9 missiles have been delivered to more than 40 countries.
The AIM-9X missile is the next generation Sidewinder. AIM-9X will provide US and allied nations fighters with the following capabilities: full day/night employment, resistance to countermeasures, extremely high off-boresight acquisition and launch envelopes, enhanced maneuverability and improved target acquisition ranges. One of the main breakthrough of the AIM-9X missile is a thrust vector controlled airframe. AIM-9X carries a contact fuze device and a new IR seeker that will enable, through the JHMCS, high off-boresight engagements. Its digital design architecture will ensure future growth capability.
The AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder, also known as the AIM-9X Block II, is the next generation of the AIM-9X missile adding a lock-on-after-launch capability, redesigned fuze and a one-way forward-quarter datalink capability to the AIM-9X Block I air-to-air missile. The US Navy conducted the first test launch of an AIM-9X-2 missile in November 2008. The newest Sidewinder variant is expected to go into production in late 2010 or early 2011. @deagel.com