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State Dept Clears $345M Norway Sidewinder Missile Sale

F16FleetThe State Department has approved Norway’s request to purchase $345 million in AIM 9X Block II Sidewinder missiles and related components from the U.S. through a foreign military sales transaction.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Wednesday Norway plans to use the missiles to modernize its armed forces, build up its mutual defense functions and equip the country’s air force against national security and defense threats.

Raytheon’s (NYSE: RTN) missile services unit in Tucson, Arizona, will be the primary contractor of the sale, which covers 200 units of AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder tactical missiles and 72 other AIM-9X and CATM-9X Block II missile variants designed for tactical guidance and specialized and captive aerial training operations.

The transaction also includes test equipment, containers, spare parts, training tools and calls for the provision of documentation, personnel training, technical assistance and logistic support services for the government of Norway.

DSCA notified Congress of the potential sale Tuesday.

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