Missile order increases to $95.8 million

Raytheon has been awarded a $95.8 million contract modification for continued production of the AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM).

According to a statement issued by Raytheon, this award is part of a six-year procurement plan that has a potential value of nearly $2 billion. The award was made by the US Air Force Air Armament Centre Counterair Joint Systems Program Office, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

The contract modification calls for the production of 206 AMRAAMs, associated missile warranties and program engineering and logistic services through to August 2005. The award also covers instrumentation units and spares. Missiles and spares will be produced for the US Air Force and Navy and foreign military sales customers.

Work will be performed at Raytheon’s facilities in Tucson, Arizona, and Andover, Massachusetts. Final assembly and delivery will take places in Tucson.

AMRAAM is a software-driven, radar-guided missile that gives pilots the ability to ‘launch and leave’ and to engage multiple targets during a single engagement.

AMRAAM is currently in use on the F-15, F-16, F/A-18, the German F4F, the UK Sea Harrier, Swedish JA-37 Viggen and the JAS-39 Gripen. It is currently being integrated on the F/A-22, Eurofighter, Harrier II Plus, Tornado and the Joint Strike Fighter.

AMRAAM has also been adapted to a surface-to-air role for air defence and is operational in Norway as the Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS).

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