Diehl-Raytheon Missile Systeme is awarded $30 million international contract

Diehl-Raytheon Missile Systeme GmbH announced on Friday that it was awarded a contract for AIM-9L/I1 Sidewinder missiles, training missiles and ground support equipment.

The contract is for an international customer, and is for more than $30 million.

German AIM-9L missiles will be refurbished by Diehl BGT Defence as part of the contract. Diehl BGT Defence has supplied more than 30,000 Sidewinder missiles for the European Sidewinder consortium and air forces around the world.

The AIM-9 Sidewinder is carried by fighter aircraft, and is a heat-seeking, short-range, air-to-air missile. It has been in use for five decades in combat. The new AIM9L/I-1 will have upgraded infrared counter-countermeasures.

"Sidewinder missiles provide the warfighter a critical contribution to the counter-air mission," DRM GmbH President Stefan Eckert said. "DRM is proud to contribute to Sidewinder missile capability and to provide follow-on support."

DRM GmbH was founded by Diehl and Raytheon in 2004. The joint venture works to modernize and market the AIM-9L/M Sidewinder missile, as well as provide logistics and life-cycle support.

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