- Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile
- Beyond Visual Range
- Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile
- Ministry of Defence
- Royal Air Force
- United Kingdom
The United Kingdom Ministry of Defense has announced that the Raytheon's AIM-120
AMRAAM missile has been selected as the interim beyond visual range air-to-air
missile (BVRAAM) for the Royal Air Force (RAF).
The UK MoD signed a $144 million contract for the purchase of AIM-120 C-5
missiles as well as associated equipment and services over the next 10 years.
The contract includes option to increase the contract covering a period of 25
years. The AMRAAM is a low risk, low cost, combat proven and currently available
interim solution to the BVRAAM program. To date, 28 nations have purchased
AMRAAM consolidating as the world's most popular medium range missile.
It is well known that the British armed forces aviation branch hope to procure
the longer range Meteor missile, currently under development by MBDA, beginning
in the next decade to fulfill the BVRAAM program. AMRAAM fills a gap until 2010
providing key BVR engagement capability. In the worst case, the Meteor program
cancellation, the AMRAAM could take its place following the 25 years option.
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