Raytheon Systems have today been awarded a £10m contract for in-service support for the AMRAAM missile system.
The contract is to be three years long, you can read the notice here.
Discussing their intention to award this contract to Raytheon, the Ministry of Defence said late last year:
“Air to Air Missiles (AAM), part of the UK Ministry of Defence, intends to award a 15 month contract – with a 24 month option period – to Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) for the provision of In-Service Support to the AMRAAM Systems. In accordance with EU Council Decision 255/58 (1958), this Procurement is exempt from Defence and Security Public Contracts (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 due to the AMRAAM System falling within the bounds of Warlike Stores; specifically the category of ‘bombs, torpedoes, rockets and guided missiles’ – of which AMRAAM is a guided missile.
Prior publication of a contract notice in the Official Journal of the European Union is not applicable. This Contract can only be awarded to Raytheon Systems Limited on the grounds of technical reasons. Raytheon are the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Design Authority (DA) for the AMRAAM system. Raytheon are the only organisation with the technical ability, facilities, knowledge and skillset capable of providing In Service Support to the system. The anticipated value of the Contract is £10,200,000 Ex VAT.”
The AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile), also designated AIM-120, has a 30 to 40 mile range and can reach a speed of Mach 4. The system is a beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile capable of all-weather day-and-night operation.
The fire-and-forget weapon employs active radar guidance and incorporates a datalink to guide the missile to a point where its active radar turns on to intercept the target.
F-35 and Typhoon jets can both launch this missile.