Korea to buy IM-9X Block II and Block II+ Sidewinder Missiles from US

The State Department of United States (US) has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of AIM-9X Block II and Block II+ (Plus) Sidewinder Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $52.1 million.

The Government of the Republic of Korea has requested to buy

  • forty-two (42) AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II+ Tactical Missiles
  • ten (10) AIM-9X Sidewinder Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM)
  • five (5) AIM-9X Block II+ Sidewinder Tactical Guidance Units (GU)
  • three (3) AIM-9X Sidewinder CATM Guidance Units (GU)

Also included are missile containers; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor representatives’ technical assistance and engineering and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a major ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific region.

Further, the proposed sale will improve the Republic of Korea’s capability to meet current and future threats while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and other allies. 

The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missiles and Defense (RMD), Tucson, AZ. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of the proposed sale will require U.S. Government and contractor personnel to visit the ROK on a temporary basis in conjunction with program technical oversight and support requirements, including program and technical reviews, as well as to provide training and maintenance support in country.

Source: https://www.dsca.mil/