300 AIM-9M Sidewinders to Pakistan
Raytheon Systems Co. in Tucson, AZ received a $29.4 million ceiling-priced modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-03-C-0003) for 300 AIM-9M Sidewinder short range air-air missiles and 10 captive air-training missiles for the Government of Pakistan under the Foreign Military Sales Program. This order is part of a larger DSCA request that DID covered (and analyzed) on May 12, 2005. Work will be performed in Tucson, AZ (93%) and Andover, MA (7%), and is expected to be complete in August 2007. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD issued the contract. See also DID follow-up.
The AIM-9M can engage targets from all aspects, and its IR counter-countermeasures and background discrimination capability are better than those of its own predecessors. It also has a reduced-smoke rocket motor. Deliveries of the M model to the USAF began in 1983.