The U.S. State Division has made a dedication approving a potential Overseas Army Sale to the Authorities of Norway of AIM-120 C-8 or D Superior Medium-Vary Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and associated gear for an estimated value of $950 million. The Authorities of Norway has requested to purchase as much as 2 hundred 5 (205) AIM-120 D-series Superior Medium-Vary Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs); as much as sixty (60) AIM-120 C-8 or D-series AMRAAMs; and 4 (4) AIM-120D AMRAAM Steerage Sections. Additionally included are AIM-120 Management Sections, Captive Air Coaching Missiles (CATMs), and missile containers. The proposed sale will enhance Norway’s functionality to satisfy present and future threats by offering superior air-to-air functionality for its F-35A fleet, enabling it to meet NATO missions and meet U.S. European Command’s aim of mixed air operations interoperability and standardization between Norwegian and U.S. forces. The principal contractor might be Raytheon Missile Programs Firm, Tucson, Arizona. There are not any recognized offset agreements proposed in reference to this potential sale.

The AIM-120 Superior Medium-Vary Air-to-Air Missile, or AMRAAM, is an American beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) able to all-weather day-and-night operations. It’s 7 inches (18 cm) in diameter, and employs energetic transmit-receive radar steering as a substitute of semi-active receive-only radar steering. It’s a fire-and-forget weapon, not like the earlier era Sparrow missiles which wanted steering from the firing plane. When an AMRAAM missile is launched, NATO pilots use the brevity code Fox Three. The AMRAAM is the world’s hottest beyond-visual-range missile; as of 2008 greater than 14,000 had been produced for the US Air Power, the US Navy, and 33 worldwide prospects. The AMRAAM has been utilized in a number of engagements, reaching sixteen air-to-air kills in conflicts over Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, India, and Syria. The AIM-260 JATM, anticipated to achieve operational functionality in 2022, is anticipated to exchange the 1991 AMRAAM.


AMRAAM makes use of two-stage steering when fired at lengthy vary. The plane passes information to the missile simply earlier than launch, giving it details about the placement of the goal plane from the launch level and its route and velocity. The missile makes use of this info to fly on an interception course to the goal utilizing its built-in inertial navigation system (INS). This info is mostly obtained utilizing the launching plane’s radar, though it might come from an infrared search and observe system, from an information hyperlink from one other fighter plane, or from an AWACS plane. After launch, if the firing plane or surrogate continues to trace the goal, periodic updates—comparable to adjustments within the goal’s route and velocity—are despatched from the launch plane to the missile, permitting the missile to regulate its course, through actuation of the rear fins, in order that it is ready to near a self-homing distance the place it will likely be shut sufficient to “catch” the goal plane within the basket.

The AIM-120C deliveries started in 1996. The C-variant has been steadily upgraded because it was launched. It was efficiently examined in 2003 and is at present being produced for each home and international prospects. It helped the U.S. Navy exchange the F-14 Tomcats with F/A-18E/F Tremendous Hornets – the lack of the F-14’s long-range AIM-54 Phoenix missiles (already retired) is offset with a longer-range AMRAAM-D. The lighter weight of the improved AMRAAM permits an F/A-18E/F pilot better bring-back weight upon service landings. The AIM-120D is an upgraded model of the AMRAAM with enhancements in nearly all areas, together with 50% better vary (than the AIM-120C-7) and higher steering over its whole flight envelope yielding an improved kill likelihood (Pk). Raytheon started testing the D mannequin on August 5, 2008, the corporate reported that an AIM-120D launched from an F/A-18F Tremendous Hornet handed inside deadly distance of a QF-4 goal drone on the White Sands Missile Vary. The vary of the AIM-120D is assessed, however is assumed to increase to about 100 miles (160 km).