Raytheon Missile Co. has been awarded a firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract for special tooling and test equipment, for the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) Lots 28-30 production.
This contract involves foreign military sales to Norway, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Australia, the United Kingdom, Poland, Indonesia, Romania, Spain, Turkey and Qatar.
The modification, worth around $25 million, was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Fiscal 2017 production funds in the amount of around $117 million are being obligated at the time of award, and the remaining is from foreign military sales sources.
Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an expected completion date of Dec. 31, 2020.
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.
The AIM-120C-7 development began in 1998 and included improvements in homing and greater range. It was successfully tested in 2003 and is currently being produced for both domestic and foreign customers.
It helped the U.S. Navy replace the F-14 Tomcats with F/A-18E/F Super Hornets – the loss of the F-14’s long-range AIM-54 Phoenix missiles (already retired) is offset with a longer-range AMRAAM-D. The lighter weight of the advanced AMRAAM enables an F/A-18E/F pilot greater bring-back weight upon carrier landings.