Raytheon Missile Co. has been awarded a fixed-price incentive modification to previously awarded contract for Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AIM-120 AMRAAM) Production Lot 32.
The contract modification, worth around $523 million, was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Air Dominance Contracting Office located at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
This modification provides for AMRAAM Production Lot 32 for the production of the AMRAAM missile and other AMRAAM system items. This contract involves foreign military sales (FMS) to Japan, Kuwait, Poland, Indonesia, Qatar, Germany, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Fiscal 2018 production funds; fiscal 2018 research and development funds; and foreign military sales funds are being obligated at the time of award.
The contract work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2021.
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 Sparrow missiles.
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.