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May 5, 2015

US approves sale of AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Missiles to Indonesia

US State Department has approved a potential foreign military sale to Indonesia for AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support.

By Samseer M

AIM-9 Sidewinder

US State Department has approved a potential foreign military sale to Indonesia for AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress about this possible sale, which is valued at around $47m.

Delivery under this deal will include 30 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II all-up-round missiles, 20 AIM-9X-2 captive air training missiles (CATM), two CATM-9X-2 Block II tactical missile guidance units, four CATM-9X-2 Block II guidance units and two Dummy air training missiles.

In addition, containers, test sets and support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documents, personnel training and training equipment, US Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics and programme support will be part of the sale.

"The country will have a greater defensive force and gain significant elements required for interoperability with US forces."

This equipment will enable Indonesia to increase its capability of tackling threats to regional stability and strengthen the country’s homeland defence.

It will also help Indonesia enhance its current and future coalition efforts.

By purchasing AIM-9X missiles, the country will have a greater defensive force and gain significant elements required for interoperability with US forces.

For this project, the principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems Company in Tucson, Arizona.

Also known as the AIM-9X Block II, AIM 9X-2 Sidewinder is an upgraded version of Raytheon’s AIM-9X Block I Sidewinder infrared-guided missile, featuring a lock-on-after-launch capability, re-designed fuse and a one-way forward-quarter datalink capability that enhances ground-handling and in-flight safety.


Image: An AIM-9 Sidewinder being affixed to a US Navy F/A-18 Hornet. Photo: courtesy of DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Fleske, US Navy.

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