Raytheon’s AIM-9X achieves initial operating capability with the US Air Force

Raytheon’s AIM-9X achieves initial operating capability with the US Air Force

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The US Navy and Raytheon Company celebrated the achievement of initial operational capability of AIM-9X with the US Air Force. The 12th and 19th Fighter Squadrons of the 3rd Wing, 11th Air Force, are the first operational units to field and train with AIM-9X. AIM-9X has undergone an extensive and highly successful flight test program complemented by a sophisticated and accredited modeling and simulation capability. AIM-9X is a US Department of Defense flagship program for modeling simulation, saving more than $50 million in development costs. The program scored an unprecedented 18 successes in 19 guided flights during development testing and completed 22 Operation Evaluation (OPEVAL) firings. The missile has also undergone more than 3,500 hours of rigorous captive flight testing.