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Raytheon receives $43 million Sidewinder missile contract modification

Deal covers procurement of 64 missiles for Japan, Norway and Taiwan.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
Raytheon receives $43 million Sidewinder missile contract modification
Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a $43 million contract modification for the procurement of 64 Sidewinder missiles, training misiles and other equipment for Japan, Norway and Taiwan. U.S. sailors are shown here loading a Sidewinder on to a F/A-18 Super Hornet aboard the USS Ronald Reagan earlier this month. U.S. Navy photo

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a $43 million contract modification for the procurement of 64 Sidewinder missiles for Japan, Norway and Taiwan.

The modification to the previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract exercises an option for 64 of the AIM-9X Block II all up round tactical full-rate production Lot 16 missiles.

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The modification also provides for the procurement of 70 Block II captive air training missiles for the governments of Norway and Taiwan, 39 all up round containers for Norway and Taiwan, one spare active optical target detector, two spare guidance units, seven guidance unit containers and one spare active optical target detector container for Norway and one spare Block II propulsion steering section for Taiwan.

Work will be performed in Arizona, Massachusetts, California, Canada, West Virginia, Washington, Connecticut, Germany, Alabama, Ohio, Italy, Florida, Missouri and Illinois, as well as at various locations inside and outside the United States. The estimated completion date is December 2018.

Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.

The Sidewinder is an infrared-tracking, short-range air-to-air and surface-to-air missile deployed on a range of modern aircraft.

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