Most of the work will take place in Tucson, and is expected to be complete by March 2019.
- AIM-9X is a U.S. Navy-led, joint Navy and U.S. Air Force program, with program offices in Patuxent River, Maryland, and Tucson, Arizona.
- Raytheon has been producing AIM-9X missiles for more than 14 years.
- AIM-9X entered operational service in 2003; international deliveries began in 2005.
- AIM-9X Block II, which adds a datalink capability, successfully completed operational testing and began full-rate production in 2015.
- The U.S. Navy declared initial operational capability with the Block II in March 2015.
- The Block II will also be the baseline effector for the U.S. Army Indirect Fires Protection Capability, Increment 2- Intercept, making AIM-9X a true dual-use missile, effective in either air-to-air or surface-to-air applications without the need for modifications to the missile.
- AIM-9X currently has 21 international customers. This includes nine original Block I customers, followed by 12 new and six repeat Block II customers. Block II deliveries to international customers will begin in 2016.
- AIM-9X reliability for the currently fielded system has exceeded three times the required mean time between failures.
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John B. Patterson
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