May 8, 2007 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Turkey has submitted a formal request for 105 AIM-9X Sidwinder missiles as well as associated equipment and services like 78 LAU-129 launchers and 22 captive air training missiles.
Members from the 416th Flight Test Squadron successfully fire the newest variant of the AIM-9 Sidewinder missile for the first time from F-16C #87-0392 April 9. Maj. Ray Toth, 416th FLTS test pilot, and Capt. Nick Hague, 416th FLTS project engineer, flew the F-16 during the AIM-9X Sidewinder missile mission.
The estimated value, if all options are exercised, is $71 million.
The AIM-9X is a supersonic, heat-seeking, air-to-air missile that can be fired day or night. They can be used on Turkey
's F-16 fighters which received the CCIP
"The proposed sale of the AIM-9X Sidewinder
missiles is part of Turkey's modernization effort and will enhance its current air-to-air intercept capability," the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on May 4. "Sales of the AIM-9X have recently been approved for other customers within the region."
The prime contractor will be Raytheon Systems Corporation, Tucson, Arizona.
According to the DSCA
, the proposed sale will not adversely affect either the military balance in the region or U.S. efforts to encourage a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus question.