The State Division has made a willpower approving a doable Overseas Army Sale to the Authorities of the Netherlands of AIM-9X Block II Missiles and associated gear for an estimated value of $117 million. The Authorities of the Netherlands has requested to purchase seventy-two (72) AIM-9X Block II Tactical Missiles; and forty-three (43) AIM-9X Block II+ Tactical Missiles that might be added to a beforehand carried out case. The unique FMS case, valued at $16.8 million, included twenty-three (23) AIM-9X Block II Tactical Missiles. The Netherlands has additionally requested a brand new FMS case for twenty-two (22) AIM-9X Block II Tactical Missiles; forty-three (43) AIM-9X Block II+ Tactical Missiles; and one (1) AIM-9X Block II+ Tactical Steerage Unit.

The proposed sale will allow the Royal Netherlands Air Power (RNAF) to offer stronger help for the Netherlands’ air protection wants. This proposed sale of AIM-9X missiles will enhance the RNAF’s functionality to conduct self-defense and regional safety missions, enhancing interoperability with the U.S. and different NATO members. The Netherlands can have no issue absorbing these missiles into its armed forces. The Royal Netherlands Air Forcecould quickly signal a contract for AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder missiles, now that it has obtained the greenlight from the Biden administration. The principal contractor of this FMS might be Raytheon Missiles and Defence, Tucson, Arizona, US.


A F-16 Combating Falcon flies close to China Lake Naval Air Weapons Middle throughout a profitable AIM-9X Block II short-range air-to-air missile check.(Picture by U.S. Air Power)

The AIM-9 Sidewinder (the place “AIM” stands for “Air Intercept Missile”) is a short-range air-to-air missile which entered service with the US Navy in 1956 and subsequently was adopted by the US Air Power in 1964. Since then the Sidewinder has proved to be a permanent worldwide success, and its newest variants stay customary gear in most western-aligned air forces. The Sidewinder is essentially the most broadly used air-to-air missile within the West, with greater than 110,000 missiles produced for the U.S. and 27 different nations, of which maybe one p.c have been utilized in fight. The AIM-9 is among the oldest, lowest value, and most profitable air-to-air missiles, with an estimated 270 plane kills in its historical past of use. When firing a Sidewinder, NATO pilots use the brevity code FOX-2.

The AIM-9X entered service in November 2003 with the USAF (lead platform is the F-15C) and the USN (lead platform is the F/A-18C) and is a considerable improve to the Sidewinder household that includes an imaging infrared focal-plane array (FPA) seeker with claimed 90° off-boresight functionality, compatibility with helmet-mounted shows reminiscent of the brand new U.S. Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System, and a very new two axis thrust-vectoring management (TVC) system offering elevated flip functionality over conventional management surfaces (60Gs). The Block II provides Lock-on After Launch functionality with a datalink, so the missile might be launched first after which directed to its goal afterwards by an plane with the right gear for 360 diploma engagements, such because the F-35 and F-22.[