Raytheon Awarded $495 Million Contract for AMRAAM Program Support

Raytheon Missiles Systems has been awarded a $495 million contract by the U.S. Air Force for advanced medium range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) program support and annual sustainment.

Under the contract, Raytheon will provide non-warranty repairs, program support, contractor logistics support and service life prediction program analysis supporting the AMRAAM weapon system. The U.S. Air Force Lifecycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8675-20-D-0020).

This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. No funds are being obligated on the action at the time of award. Concurrently, the first task order will be awarded with $989,450 in fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds.

The contract work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed June 30, 2026.

AIM-120 AMRAAM

AIM-120 AMRAAM is an American beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) capable of all-weather day-and-night operations.

F-35 AMRAAM
A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft executing its first live-fire launch of an AIM-120 AMRAAM guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast on Oct. 30, 2013. Lockheed Martin photo

Designed with a 7-inch (180mm) diameter form-and-fit factor, 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 Sparrow missiles.

The AMRAAM is the world’s most popular beyond-visual-range missile, and more than 14,000 have been produced for the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, and 33 international customers. The AMRAAM has been used in several engagements and is credited with ten air-to-air kills.

Now over 30 years old in design, the AMRAAM is due to be replaced by the new AIM-260 JATM, which will offer better long-range performance and ability to defeat electronic warfare jamming.



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