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Raytheon secures $264M contract for AIM-9X missile production

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Raytheon has received a $264 million revision to a contract originally awarded in December 2022. As part of this revision, Raytheon will manufacture and supply 571 AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles, along with their related components, to the US Navy, US Air Force, and international military customers.

As part of the revised contract, Raytheon will additionally supply captive air training systems, containers, spare assets, related kits, and support equipment. The majority of the manufacturing and delivery work will take place within the continental US. The project is projected to be finalized by August 2026.

The AIM-9X Sidewinder missile is a versatile weapon that can be deployed in air-to-air engagements, surface-attack operations, and surface-launch missions without requiring any modifications.

“AIM-9X is the world’s most advanced, combat-proven infrared missile, providing advanced capabilities to the US and our international allies. The weapon’s versatility and inherent growth potential makes it a triple-threat missile offering an unmatched level of lethality and survivability to counter threats,” said Kim Ernzen, president of Naval Power at Raytheon.

Developed as a joint program led by the US Navy and involving the US Air Force, the AIM-9X Sidewinder has gained international recognition, with 31 Foreign Military Sales partners. This missile utilizes infrared-tracking technology and is combat-tested in multiple theaters across the globe.