Raytheon has been awarded a $25.8m contract for special tooling and test equipment, for the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) Lots 28-30 production.

The AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile, or AMRAAM, is a beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile.

According to a contract award notification:

“Raytheon Missile Co., Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $25,766,768 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (FA8675-15-C-0022) for special tooling and test equipment, for the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile Lots 28-30 production.

Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an expected completion date of Dec. 31, 2020.

This contract involves foreign military sales to Norway, Japan, Korea, Morocco, Australia, the United Kingdom, Poland, Indonesia, Romania, Spain, Turkey and Qatar.

Fiscal 2017 production funds in the amount of $16,691,712 are being obligated at the time of award, and the remaining $9,075,056 is from foreign military sales sources. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. I take it the UK is purchasing this for the F35. Why has MBDA not managed to convert Meteor into a small frame to fit inside the bays? They must have been aware of the dimensions for a good 10 years now.

  2. Meteor is under development for the F35B, but it won’t be operational on our jets until block 4 is released into service.

    I’m guessing ( with the usual funding delays) available from 2023.

  3. The AMRAAM seeker is due to be replaced with a much upgraded and reliable one in the next couple of years, starting mid way through production of Lot 31. This is due to out of production parts that make up the present system, I guess these tools are something to do with this so that Raytheon UK can do the upgrade.
    I would agree with you that these improved missiles will be temporarily fitted to our F-35’s but also the P-8A’s and all Tranche 1 Typhoons, as the latter has no funding to change to Meteor.

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