FMS: Jordan Wants AIM-120 AMRAAM Missiles

Released on Monday, November 22, 2004
United States of America
F-16A Fighting Falcon
F-16B Fighting Falcon
AMRAAM - Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile
DSCA - Defense Security Cooperation Agency
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified the US Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of AIM-120C AMRAAM advanced medium range air-to-air missiles, LAU-129 launch rails and captive air training missiles to Jordan as well as associated equipment and services.

The government of Jordan has requested a possible sale of 50 AIM-120C missiles, 51 LAU-129 launch rails, captive air training missiles, flight test instrumentation, software updates to support AMRAAM deployment and training devices, missile containers, aircraft modification and integration, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, logistics support, etc. The estimated cost, all-in, is $39 million.

Jordan will use the AIM-120C AMRAAM missiles aboard its F-16 aircraft enhancing air-to-air self defense capabilities and provide increased interoperability with US forces. Jordan's F-16 aircraft are being upgraded, mid-life update program, to remain in service through 2025 or beyond. Despite the United States position reflects that it will not affect the military balance in the Middle East region, Israel has been trying for moths to ruin or delay the deal.

The prime contractor will be Raytheon of Tucson, Arizona. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. The US Congress must grant approval to this potential FMS in order to be concluded.


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