Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a contract modification, worth around $10.6 million, for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) Production Lot 33 spares.
The contract for AMRAAM Production Lot 33, worth around $768 million, was awarded to Raytheon last month. This contract modification provides for the production of Air Force and Navy spares.
Work will be performed at Tucson, Arizona, with an expected completion date of March 31, 2022. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.
The Lot 33 production 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. It also 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.
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.