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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New AIM-9X Sidewinder missile completes Operational Test and Evaluation live fires

AIM-9X SidewinderThe U.S. Navy and Raytheon Company completed operational testing and evaluation live fires of the AIM-9X® Sidewinder Block II infrared air-to-air missile.

Testing and evaluation consisted of 16 planned shots against a mix of full-scale and sub-scale targets. The U.S. government is now finalizing approval, acceptance and delivery of Block II missiles to the U.S. services and foreign allies for later this year.

"The AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II builds upon the proven reliability of Block I with significant advancements that improve handling, loading, in-flight safety and most importantly the ability to acquire, track and destroy an adversary," said Captain Jim Stoneman, PMA-259 Air-to-Air Missiles Program Office, which led development of the Block II missile.

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