Sun, Sep 21, 2008
Successful Test Conducted With USAF F-15C
A US Air Force F-15C recently completed the first captive carry
test of Raytheon Company's AIM-9X Block II air-to-air missile.
Raytheon tells ANN the infrared-guided AIM-9X Block II missile
faced the same stressors -- wind, vibration and altitude -- that it
would encounter during an operational mission.
The test demonstrated that the AIM-9X Block II hardware and
software could perform in combat-like conditions. The test also
proved the missile could be successfully integrated on the F-15C
"This test keeps the Raytheon-government team on track for test
firing the AIM-9X Block II by year's end and achieving initial
operating capability in 2010," said Harry Schulte, Raytheon Missile
Systems vice president of Air Warfare Systems. "By adding
lock-on-after launch capability and a one-way forward quarter
datalink capability, the Block II builds on the legacy of the more
than 3,000 AIM-9X Block I missiles Raytheon has delivered."
According to Capt. Jeffrey Penfield, the US Navy's Air-to-Air
Missile program manager, reaching this milestone is critical for
maintaining a leading edge for US and allied aviators.
"Completion of this test means our warfighters are another step
closer to receiving the world's most capable infrared air-to-air
missile," said Penfield. "The AIM-9X Block II is a revolutionary
weapon that will give the warfighter a critical advantage. No other
missile in the world will match the AIM-9X Block II in range,
maneuverability, off-boresight capability and speed."
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