U.S. Army awarded a contract for the production of upgraded AMRAAM anti-aircraft missiles
The first successful live-fire test of the production version of the new improved AMRAAM missiles (code name AIM-120D3) has been completed in June 2022. Now, the U.S. Air Force has awarded the contract for the supply of modernized missiles.
The developer of AMRAAM missiles, Raytheon Missiles and Defense company, received a $972 million contract according to which they will be supplying the armed forces of the United States and 19 allied countries with advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles. According to Pentagon, 42% of newly-produced missiles will be sold to foreign partners.
This is the first order for serial production of the AIM-120D3 and AIM-120C8 missiles, which are modernized as part of the Form, Fit, Function Refresh (also referred to as F3R) program.
Under the F3R program, engineers used model-based systems engineering initiatives and other modern digital technologies to upgrade the guidance section of the AMRAAM missile. The upgrades have been introduced to multiple circuit boards.
Also, the company has upgraded the legacy software in the AIM-120D3 and AIM-120C8 AMRAAMs to ensure a significantly higher degree of efficiency against modern military threats.