Raytheon signs multi-million contract for AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles

By Defence Industry Europe

Raytheon, a business under RTX, has been granted a USD 264 million production contract for AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.

Under the contract, Raytheon will manufacture and deliver 571 AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles and associated components to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and foreign military sales customers.

“AIM-9X is the world’s most advanced, combat-proven infrared missile, providing advanced capabilities to the U.S. and our international allies,” said Kim Ernzen, president of Naval Power at Raytheon. “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.”

Included in the modification, Raytheon will also provide captive air training systems, containers, spare assets, and related kits and support equipment. The majority of work will be performed within the continental U.S. and is expected to be completed in August 2026.

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 31 Foreign Military Sales partners. The advanced infrared-tracking, short-range missile is combat proven in several theaters around the world.



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