The US Navy has approved Raytheon to set full-rate production of 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.
The US Navy and Air Force, along with several international partners who have purchased the AIM-9X Block II, are receiving Sidewinder deliveries, the company announced today.
"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." Jarrett added.