Monday, October 5, 2020

U.S. approves possible $158 million AIM-9X missiles sale to South Korea

The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to South Korea of AIM-9X Block II Tactical Sidewinder Missiles and related equipment.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced this week that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of AIM-9X Block II Tactical Sidewinder Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $158.1 million.

According to the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the complete package includes 115 AIM-9X Block II Tactical Sidewinder missiles; 50 AIM-9X Block II Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM); 20 AIM-9X Block II Tactical Missile Guidance Units; and 20 AIM 9X Block II CATM Guidance Units.

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The sale, if it is executed, will include containers, weapon system support, software, surface transportation, missile technical assistance, and other technical assistance; and other related elements of program support.

“The proposed sale will assist the Republic of Korea in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability,” the DSCA notice says. “The Republic of Korea will have no difficulty absorbing these missiles into its armed forces.”

The AIM-9X Block II is an air-to-air missile and it is more technologically advanced than the AIM-9 missiles.

The Raytheon’s website said that the AIM-9X Block II missile adds a redesigned fuze and a digital ignition safety device to improve handling and in-flight safety. It’s equipped with updated electronics, including a lock-on-after-launch capability using a new weapon datalink to support beyond visual range engagements.

The missile is configured for easy installation on a wide range of modern aircraft, including the F-15C Eagle, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Super Hornet, E/A-18G Growler, F-22 Raptor and all F-35 Joint Strike Fighter variants.

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