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US approves AIM-9X Block II/II+ sale to the Netherlands

The Netherlands is to receive additional AIM-9X Block II/II+ air-to-air missiles to equip its fighter fleet, including the F-35A (pictured). (US Air Force)

The United States has approved the sale of 138 Raytheon AIM-9X Block II/ II+ Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles to the Netherlands, announcing a potential USD117 million sale on 26 May.

The US Department of State approval covers the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 95 Block II and 43 Block II+ missiles, as well as one Block II+ tactical guidance unit, training missiles, related equipment, and support.

“The proposed sale will enable the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to provide stronger support for the Netherlands' air-defence needs. This proposed sale of AIM-9X missiles will improve the RNLAF's capability to conduct self-defence and regional security missions, enhancing interoperability with the US and other NATO members,” the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said.

The RNLAF fields the AIM-9X Block II, having been included in six international orders for the missile since 2017. The service carries the missile aboard its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35A Lightning II jets.

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