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Raytheon Company And US Air Force Conduct 100th Launch of AIM-9X Sidewinder

An F-16 Fighting Falcon is equiped with AIM-9X sidewinder missiles.
by Staff Writers
Tucson AZ (SPX) Aug 08, 2006
Raytheon Company's Missile Systems in partnership with the U.S. Air Force 40th Test Squadron successfully conducted the 100th live fire of an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

The flight test involved two unmanned QF-4 target drones and was the second in a series of test launches for the next operational release of the missile's software. The test confirmed the missile's ability to function as a "node in the battlespace network" in future air battles and confirmed the missile's ability to cue to previously impossible off-bore sight angles.

"Reaching the 100th live fire milestone for AIM-9X so quickly in the AIM-9X's young operational life is truly a remarkable achievement," said Brock McCaman, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems Air-to-Air program. "The U.S. government-Raytheon Missile Systems team has put this weapon through a rigorous development program, and the AIM-9X continues to meet all expectations."

The AIM-9X is the newest member of the AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range missile family currently in use by more than 40 nations around the world. It is a joint U.S. Navy and Air Force program that was approved for full rate production in May 2004. The AIM-9X program delivers evolutionary improvements to the AIM-9 missile series through revolutionary advancements.

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Tewksbury MA (SPX) Aug 08, 2006
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