Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ received a $67.6 million firm-fixed-price contract for 222 of the new AIM-9X Sidewinder thrust-vectoring short range air to air missiles (SRAAM), Lot 7 Production. The AIM-9X is the USA’s most advanced SRAAM, with a number of capabilities that significantly exceed the previous AIM-9M still found in service. Other components in the sale were 153 Captive Air Training Missiles, that look like the AIM-9X and have working seekers – but no motors; and 105 missile containers. Work will be performed in Tucson, AZ (93%) and Andover, MA (7%) and is expected to be completed in April 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured by the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD (N00019-07-C-0008).
- The U.S. Navy will receive 126 missiles, 48 Captive Air Training Missiles , and 49 missile containers ($32.6 million; 48%).
- The U.S. Air Force will receive 96 missiles, 87 training missiles, and 51 missile containers ($31.7 million; 47%).
- The government of Switzerland will receive 18 training missiles and 5 containers ($3.4 million; 5%). They would be mounted on its F-18 Hornets.