The country of
Pakistan has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the procurement of
500 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) - generating the
largest single international AMRAAM purchase -- and 200 AIM-9M Sidewinder
This is also the first AMRAAM missile procurement between Raytheon
Company (NYSE: RTN) and Pakistan. Delivery of the AMRAAM missiles will
start in 2008 and continue through 2011.
The combined $284 million procurement augments Pakistan's established
inventory and will provide the bulk of the air-to-air fire power of the
Pakistan Air Force. AMRAAM is a joint U.S. Air Force and Navy program and
sets the global beyond-visual-range standard. It incorporates the latest
digital technology and microminiaturized solid-state electronics, making
this remarkable weapon more reliable and maintainable, resulting in the
highest dependability at the lowest cost of ownership.
Thirty-two countries have procured AMRAAM based on its unprecedented
air combat flexibility. The AIM-9M Sidewinder missile is a combat-proven,
all- aspect, infrared-guided, short-range air-to-air missile employed by
more than 20 countries worldwide.
"This is the largest single purchase of AMRAAM missiles in the history
of the AMRAAM international program," said Brock McCaman, vice president of
Raytheon Missile Systems' Air-to-Air product line. "The combat-proven
'one-two punch' of Raytheon's AMRAAM/Sidewinder technology will give the
Pakistan Air Force the necessary firepower to accomplish vital air defense
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