The US State Department has approved a purchase of up to two hundred AIM-120D AMRAAM missiles for an estimated cost of $650 million.
The AIM-120 AMRAAM 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.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The notice reads:
“The Government of the United Kingdom has requested to buy up to two hundred (200) AIM-120D Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs). Also included in this sale are missile containers; weapon system support equipment; support and test equipment; site survey; transportation; repair and return support; warranties; spare and repair parts; publications and technical documentation; maintenance and personnel training; training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics, and technical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost of the overall possible sale is $650 million.”
The agency say that proposed sale will ‘support the foreign policy and national security policies of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally which has been, and continues to be, an important partner on critical foreign policy and defense issues‘.
The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems.
It’s important to note that this notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.