U.S. Approves Sale of AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile to Denmark

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale of 28 AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) to Denmark for an estimated cost of $90 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale om July 10, 2018.

The Government of Denmark has requested to buy twenty-eight AIM-120 C-7 AMRAAM and one AMRAAM spare guidance section. Also included are missile containers, control section spares, weapon systems support, test equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, personnel training, training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.

According to a statement from DSCA, the proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the European region.

This proposed sale would support Denmark’s F-16 and future F-35 fighter programs and enhance Denmark’s ability to provide for its own territorial defense and support coalition operations. The proposed sale also enables interoperability and standardization between the armed forces of Denmark and the United States. Denmark already maintains the AIM-120B in its inventory.

The principal contractor will be Raytheon Cooperation in Tucson, Arizona.

AIM-120 AMRAAM

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-120 C-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.



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