TUCSON, Ariz., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The government of Denmark and the
U.S. Navy have formally executed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) paving
the way for the manufacture and delivery of the AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air
missile system to the Royal Danish Air Force.
The LOA was signed in June 2004 in Denmark. Denmark is the fourth country
to purchase the latest version of the proven AIM-9 Sidewinder missile family.
The Republic of South Korea, Poland and Switzerland have also agreed to
purchase the missile to arm their frontline fighter aircraft.
"We are delighted that the Royal Danish Air Force will be armed with the
world's finest short range air-to-air missile, the AIM-9X," said U.S. Navy
Capt. Scott Stewart, the Naval Air Systems Command program manager for air-to-
air missile systems. "Equipping our allied war fighters with this exceptional
missile will ensure allied counterair supremacy and mission success while
continuing to strengthen critical interoperability."
The AIM-9X is a fifth generation short range missile that achieved initial
operational capability with the U.S. Air Force in November 2003. The missile
employs a staring focal plane array seeker head with an extremely high off-
boresight acquisition capability that significantly increases target
acquisition ranges against all forms of background clutter. The AIM-9X is
unparalleled in its ability to defeat targets employing infra-red counter-
The combination of the seeker's high off-boresight capability and rocket
motor thrust vectoring via jet vane control produces an extremely agile
missile with revolutionary dogfight ability. An 18-year production run is
planned, producing more than 10,000 missiles for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and
Marine Corps and an additional 5,000 missiles for the international market.
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an
industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information
technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft.
With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide.
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SOURCE: Raytheon Company
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