Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a $19 million firm-fixed-price contract modification for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) production program.
The contract involves unclassified foreign military sales (FMS) to Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Spain, and the United Kingdom. This modification provides for upgrade and commonality of AMRAAM production test equipment being produced and utilized under the basic contract. The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.
The work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be complete by April 15, 2022.
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 missile 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.