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US Navy approves full-rate production for Raytheon

The US Navy cleared Raytheon Company to begin full-rate production on the AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II infrared air-to-air missile.
The program completed operational test and evaluation earlier this year and Raytheon is now approved to produce missiles at full factory capacity.

"We've proven the increased capabilities of the AIM-9X Block II, and are confident Raytheon can produce missiles at full rate," said U.S. Navy Program Manager Captain Jim Stoneman, PMA-259. "We look forward to getting them into the hands of our warfighters as quickly as possible."

The U.S. Navy and Air Force, along with several international partners who have purchased the AIM-9X Block II, are receiving Sidewinder deliveries.

"An updated electronics package gives the missile features significant enhancements, like the ability to lock on after launch using a new datalink that supports beyond-visual-range engagements," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president. "Sidewinder remains the warfighter's weapon of choice for short-range air-to-air missiles."

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