NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has signed a contract with Raytheon Missiles and Defense (RMD) for the provision of support services for the AIM-120B AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) missiles.
The new multi-year Outline Agreement is now available for the ten user nations of the NSPA AMRAAM Support Partnership (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey).
This contract is a new step in Life Cycle Management and is based on a “depot- in-box” all-inclusive concept, allowing the user nations with own in-house technical capabilities to replace failed missile sections/parts with serviceable ones taken from the “Global AIM-120 AMRAAM Sustainment Support Strategy (GAIMS3)” kits.
GAIMS3 will help mitigating the lack of spare parts, as well as missile component obsolescence issues; it will further improve repair turnaround times and provides access to a mobile maintenance team. Licensing support and transportation and demilitarization services are part of the support package.
AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile, or AMRAAM (pronounced “am-ram”), is a modern beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) capable of all-weather day-and-night operations.
Designed with 7-inch diameter instead of 8-inch diameter form-and-fit factors, and employing active transmit-receive radar guidance instead of semi-active receive-only radar guidance, it has the advantage of being a fire-and-forget weapon when compared to the previous generation Sparrowmissiles.
When an AMRAAM missile is being launched, NATO pilots use the brevity code Fox Three.