Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) has secured a five-year, $225.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy to develop the next hardware and software increment for the U.S. Navy’s Sidewinder air-to-air missile system.
Under the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, Raytheon’s missiles and defense business will perform updates as part of the AIM-9X Block II and Block II+ System Improvement Program Increment IV, the Department of Defense said Friday.
The business will modernize the AIM-9X sensor, electronics unit and guidance unit, as well as develop operational flight software versions 10.5 and 11.5 and integrated flight software.
Work will primarily take place in Tucson, Arizona, and also covers cybersecurity, information assurance and training support services.
Naval Air Systems Command awarded the contract on a sole-source basis and will obligate $5.7 million in fiscal 2022 Navy and Air Force research, development, test and evaluation and weapons procurement funds.
The short-range AIM-9X system is designed to work with military platforms including all variants of the F-35 fighter jet.