US State Department approves $53 million medium-range missile sale to Netherlands

The U.S. State Department approved the $53 million sale of 26 AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) to the Netherlands, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said.

“The proposed sale will improve the Netherland’s capabilities for mutual defense, regional security, force modernization, and U.S. and NATO interoperability,” DSCA said in a press release on Wednesday. “This sale will enhance the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s ability to defend the Netherlands against future threats and contribute to current and future NATO operations.”

The potential sale also includes containers, weapon support and support equipment, as well as spare and repair parts, among other services.

Raytheon Missile Systems will be the principal contractor for the deal, according to the release.

“The Netherlands maintains the AIM-120B in its inventory and will have no difficulty absorbing these missiles into its armed forces,” DSCA noted.

AMRAAMs are procured by 37 countries. The missiles have been integrated onto different models of US-made fighter jets, such as F-16, F-15, F/A-18.

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