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The latest AIM-9X Block II air-to-air missile recently completed live-shot operational testing, clearing it for acceptance by, and delivery to,​ the US services, including the Air Force, and foreign allies “later this year,” Raytheon announced. The Block II "builds upon the proven reliability of Block I with significant advancements that improve handling, loading, in-flight safety, and most importantly the ability to acquire, track, and destroy an adversary," program manager Navy Capt. Jim Stoneman said in a June 17 release. The new block gives fighter pilots "the first firing opportunity in a hard-turning visual dogfight" and uses aircraft sensors and datalinks to extend engagement ranges, added Mike Jarrett, company air warfare systems vice president.