U.S. Approves Sale of AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM Air-to-Air Missiles to Hungary

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of 180 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM ), along with support, to Hungary for an estimated cost of $500 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019.

The Government of Hungary has requested to buy one hundred and eighty (180) AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), and four (4) spare AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM guidance sections. Also included are four (4) spare AIM-120C-7 control sections, six (6) AMRAAM training missiles (CATM-120C), missile containers, classified software (for the AN/MPQ-64F1 Sentinel Radar requested by Hungary through Direct Commercial Sale), spare and repair parts, cryptographic and communication security devices, precision navigation equipment, other software, site surveys, weapons system equipment and computer software support, publications and technical documentation, common munitions and test equipment, repair and return services and equipment, personnel training and training equipment, integration support and test equipment, and U.S. Government and contractor, engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support.

The prime contractor and integrator will be Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, AZ.

AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile, or 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 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 Joint Advanced Tactical Missile, or JATM,, which will offer better long-range performance and ability to defeat electronic warfare jamming.



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