Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a contract, worth around $768 million, for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) Production Lot 33.
This non-competitive fixed-price incentive (firm) contract provides for the production of the AMRAAM missiles, captive air training missiles (CATMs), guidance sections, AMRAAM telemetry system, spares and other production engineering support hardware. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an expected completion date of Feb. 28, 2023.
The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Air Dominance Division Contracting Office at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.
This contract involves unclassified foreign military sales (FMS) to Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey and United Kingdom, which accounts for 47% of the contract value. Fiscal 2018 Air Force and Navy procurement funds in the amount of around $21.6 million; fiscal 2019 Air Force and Navy procurement funds in the amount of around $356.8 million; fiscal 2020 Navy procurement funds in the amount of around $4 million; fiscal 2019 Air Force research and development funds in the amount of around $7 million; fiscal 2020 Air Force and Navy research and development funds in the amount of $10 million; fiscal 2020 Air Force operation and maintenance funds in the amount of around $1 million; and foreign military sales funds in the amount of around $366.7 million are being obligated at the time of award.
AIM-120 AMRAAM is an American beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) capable of all-weather day-and-night operations.
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.