The U.S. State Department approved the sale of 150 AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) to Poland at an estimated cost of $250 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said.
“This 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,” DSCA said in a Tuesday, November 28 press release. “This potential sale would support Poland’s F-16 fighter program and enhances Poland’s ability to provide for its own territorial defense and support coalition operations.”
The potential sale also includes containers, weapon support and support equipment, as well as spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, training, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and other services.
Raytheon Missile Systems will be the principal contractor, according to the release.
“Poland previously purchased the AIM-120C-7 missile and will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces,” DSCA noted.
On November 17, the State Department approved the sale of the Patriot air defense system to Poland in a deal worth $10.5 billion.
AIM-120 AMRAAM foreign sales
AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles have been procured by 37 countries. The missiles have been integrated onto various U.S.-made fighter jets including F-22, F/A-18, F-16, F-15, as well as the Eurofighter 2000 and Saab’s JAS 39 Gripen.
Sales of the AMRAAM missile system have been relatively frequent of late.
Earlier this month, the State Department approved the $170 million sale of 60 AIM-120 C-7 AMRAAMs to Norway, while in October, the $53 million sale of 26 AIM-120C-7 AMRAAMs to the Netherlands, and the $113 million sale of 56 AIM 120C-7 AMRAAMs to Japan were approved.
Earlier this month, department approved the $140 million sale of 32 AIM-120D AMRAAM missiles to Canada. The AIM-120D is an upgraded and improved version, with improvements in almost all areas, including a 50 percent greater range than the AIM-120C-7 as well as better guidance. It was scheduled to be fielded by the U.S. Navy from 2014, and to be carried by all Pacific carrier groups by 2020.