Raytheon awarded $634 million contract for AMRAAM air-to-air missiles

Raytheon has been awarded a $634 million contract for production of Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs), with many earmarked for foreign military sales, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a press release.

“Raytheon Missile Co., Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $634,204,347 fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract for Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) production Lot 31,” the Thursday, December 27 release said. “The contract is for the production of the AMRAAM missile and other AMRAAM system items. The AMRAAM system includes the missile, spares and telemetry kits.”

The contract has an expected completion date of January 31, 2020, and includes $219,565,290-worth of foreign military sales to Japan, Korea, Morocco, Poland, Indonesia, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Bahrain and Qatar.

In a separate contract published in the Thursday release, Raytheon was awarded a $25,766,768 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract for special tooling and test equipment, for the AMRAAM Lots 28-30 production.

This contract has an expected completion date of December 31, 2020 and involves $9,075,056-worth of foreign military sales to Norway, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Australia, the United Kingdom, Poland, Indonesia, Romania, Spain, Turkey and Qatar.

A number of AIM-120 AMRAAM sales have been approved by the U.S. State Department in recent months, including AIM-120C-7s for Poland, Norway and the Netherlands, and AIM-120Ds for Canada.

AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles have been integrated onto various U.S.-made fighter jets including F-22, F/A-18, F-16 and F-15, as well as the Eurofighter 2000 and Saab’s JAS 39 Gripen.

The AIM-120D is an upgraded 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.

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