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State Dept OKs $534M Raytheon-Built Sidewinder Missile Sale to Australia

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The State Department has approved a potential million foreign military sale of Raytheon-built (NYSE: RTN) Sidewinder missiles and related equipment to Australia.

Australia plans to install the missiles on its fleets of F/A-18 and F-35 fighter jets and also intends to bolster its ability to partner with coalition forces in air defense operations and joint exercises, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Tuesday.

Raytheon will be the principal contractor for the sale, which includes 350 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Tactical Missiles and 152 other AIM-9X-2 variants for air training and tactical guidance.

Australia also has asked to buy 19 CATM-9X-2 guidance units and three DATM-9X weapons.

The sale also includes containers, test sets, support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documents, personnel training, training equipment, U.S. government support and contractor technical assistance.

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