Pakistan chooses Raytheon missiles

Pakistan has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the procurement of 500 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and 200 AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles from Raytheon.

The purchase reprsesents the largest single purchase of AMRAAM missiles in the history of the AMRAAM international programme and the first AMRAAM missile procurement between Raytheon and Pakistan. Delivery of the AMRAAM missiles will start in 2008 and continue through 2011.

The combined $284m procurement augments Pakistan’s established inventory and will provide the bulk of the air-to-air fire power of the Pakistan Air Force.

This order brings to a total of 32 the number of countries which have procured AMRAAM. Twenty countries use the AIM-9M Sidewinder missile.