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ATK unit contracted for U.S. AIM-9P Sidewinder missile motors

ATK Tactical Propulsion and Control will produce motors for the missiles, which are to be sold to Bahrain, Egypt and Taiwan.

By Ryan Maass
The AIM-9 Sidewinder is a short-range air-to-air missile with components made by a number of companies such as Aerojet and Raytheon. Pictured, an AIM Sidewinder is loaded onto an F-22 Raptor fighter. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera
The AIM-9 Sidewinder is a short-range air-to-air missile with components made by a number of companies such as Aerojet and Raytheon. Pictured, an AIM Sidewinder is loaded onto an F-22 Raptor fighter. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera

March 3 (UPI) -- ATK Tactical Propulsion and Control received a $67 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to produce SR-116 motors for the AIM-9P Sidewinder missile.

The contract supports planned foreign military sales to Bahrain, Egypt and Taiwan. Sidewinder munitions were also recently approved by State Department officials to be sold to South Korea.

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The U.S. Department of Defense says work on the contract will be performed at Rocket Center, W. Va., and is expected to be complete by Feb. 27, 2022.

All funding for the contract supports foreign military sales. ATK received $8 million at the time of the contract award to support the first delivery. The Robins Air Logistics Center is the contracting activity.

The AIM-9 Sidewinder is a short-range air-to-air missile initially developed for the U.S. Navy during the Cold War. The weapons are designed to track their targets using infrared homing devices.

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