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More Sidewinders for Taiwan, Egypt

November 25, 2003 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Raytheon is being awarded a $54.7 million contract modification for the procurement of approximately 596 AIM-9M-2 missiles for the governments of Taiwan and Egypt.
Work is expected to be completed in June 2006, with Egypt getting 414 of the new missiles and Taiwan 182.

This modification combines purchases for Egypt ($38,002,716; 69.5%) and Taiwan ($16,706,508; 30.5%) under the Foreign Military Sales Program.

The AIM-9M provides significant performance improvements over its predecessor, the AIM-9L. These include advanced countermeasure features, improved identification of targets against background clutter, improved tracking against low signal level targets, and a reduced-smoke rocket motor.