US contract for Raytheon to deliver AMRAAM air-t-air missiles to US and 23 foreign countries

U.S. Department of Defense has announced on December 27, 2019, that Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $768,283,907 non-competitive fixed-price incentive (firm) contract to deliver Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) AIM-120 Production Lot 33 to U.S. and 23 foreign countries.

US contract for Raytheon to deliver AMRAAM air t air missiles to US and 23 foreign countries 925 001 A munitions load truck containing Air Intercept Missile-120 Advanced Medium Air-to-Air Missiles AMRAAM and Air Intercept Missile-9 Sidewinders is used for an F-22 Raptor weapons load training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 15, 2018. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

This contract provides for the production of the AMRAAM missiles, captive air training missiles, guidance sections, AMRAAM telemetry system, spares and other production engineering support hardware. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an expected completion date of Feb. 28, 2023.

This contract involves unclassified foreign military sales 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.

The AMRAAM air-to-air missile is the world's most sophisticated air dominance weapon. With more than 25 years of design, upgrades, testing and production, the AIM-120 missile continues to meet all warfighter requirements. Its capabilities have been fully demonstrated in over 4,200 test shots and 10 air-to-air combat victories.

In the air-to-air role, no other missile compares to the AMRAAM missile. The weapon's advanced active guidance section provides aircrew with a high degree of combat flexibility and lethality. Its mature seeker design allows it to quickly find targets in the most combat challenging environments.

Procured by 37 countries including the U.S., the combat-proven AMRAAM missile has been integrated onto the F-15, F-16, F/A-18, F-22, Typhoon, Gripen, Tornado and Harrier. The AIM-120C5 and AIM-120C7 missiles are fully integrated onto the F-35 and support the U.S. Marine Corps' F-35B initial operational capability as the only air-to-air missile qualified on the F-35.