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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015
Total Production: ?
Unitary Cost: USD$1.2 million
Also Known As: AIM-120C8
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon
Parent System: AIM-120 AMRAAM
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): September 1991
Total Production: 20,145
Total Cost: USD$20 billion
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Description: The AIM-120 AMRAAM is a medium-range, air-to-air missile designed to meet the requirements of the United States and allied nations. The AIM-120 missile is faster, smaller and lighter than its predecessor the AIM-7 Sparrow medium-range missile and also has improved capabilities against low-altitude targets. AMRAAM incorporates active radar seeker with mid-course inertial navigation making it less dependent on aircraft's fire control radar. That capability enables simultaneous AMRAAM launching against different targets. For better performance AMRAAM can receive target location updates from the radar system of the launch aircraft. It has a blast fragmentation warhead detonated by a proximity fuse.

The combat proven AIM-120 AMRAAM missile was employed during military campaigns over Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia. The Air Forces of 18 nations operate the AMRAAM missile. The AMRAAM missile is operational on the F-15, F-16, F/A-18, F-4F, JAS-39, Sea-Harrier and Tornado aircraft. Raytheon is integrating the AIM-120 on the Eurofighter-Typhoon, F/A-22A and Harrier II+. AIM-120's flexibility concept allows it to be integrated on ground systems becoming a surface-to-air missile. It is being integrated on Norway's NASAMS, Hawk-AMRAAM and HMMWV Surface-to-Air Systems.

The AIM-120D, formerly known as the AIM-120C8, is the latest development of the AMRAAM missile family designed and build by Raytheon and developed under P3I Phase 4 initiative. AIM-120D features a new navigation system and hardened design for internal weapons bay carriage. The United States Air Force (USAF) assessment of the AIM-120C variant on the F/A-22 Raptor aircraft determined that vibration levels in certain frequencies are harmful to the missile's electronics. AIM-120D AMRAAM missile variant tries to fix it. In April 2006 the USAF released that the AIM-120D was undergoing testing on the F-22 aircraft monitored by Raytheon at Edwards Air Force Base, California. AIM-120 new features encompass: an enhanced data link, improved kinematics and GPS Inertial Measurement Unit.

On 15 September 2006, Raytheon received a $113 million contract from the US Air Force for the supply of 12 AIM-120D AMRAAM Air Vehicles Instrumented (AAVIs), 50 AIM-120D Captive Air Training Missile, 104 AIM-120C7 AMRAAM Air Vehicles, and 112 Non-Developmental Item, Airborne Instrumentation Units (NDI-AIUs). The contract also provided funds for the AIM-120D production transition with AIM-120D deliveries beginning December 2007 through January 2009. This contract was part of the AIM-120 Lot 20 order and the first production contract for the AIM-120D missile.

AIM-120D AMRAAM Applications

Combat Aircraft EA-18G Growler F-15 Silent Eagle F-35A Lightning II F-35B Lightning II F-35C Lightning II F/A-18C Hornet F/A-18D Hornet F/A-18E Super Hornet F/A-18F Super Hornet F/A-22A Raptor

AIM-120D AMRAAM Specifications

Max Range: 180 kilometer (97 nautical mile)
Top Speed: 4 mach (4,782 kph)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017AIM-120 AMRAAM Missile to Get New Signal Processor
Thursday, January 26, 2017China Developing Ultra Long Range Air-to-Air Missile
Monday, April 25, 2016FMS: Australia Requests 450 AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles
Wednesday, March 16, 2016US Air Force Awards Raytheon AMRAAM Lot 30 Missiles Production Contract
Thursday, April 9, 2015AIM-120D Missiles Achieves IOC with the US Navy's Hornet and Super Hornet Jets
Tuesday, March 24, 2015US Air Force Awards AMRAAM Lot 29 Contract to Be Completed in 2018
Monday, December 22, 2014US Air Force Awards AIM-120 AMRAAM Lot 28 Contract
Monday, August 25, 2014F-35 Latest Flight Test Program Milestones Maturing Combat Capabilities
Sunday, July 13, 2014US Air Force Fires Two AMRAAMs from F-35B Stealth Aircraft
Thursday, May 29, 2014F-35A/B/C Achieve Three Major Flight Test Milestones on Same Day

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