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Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile

Advanced Medium-Range
Air-to-Air Missile
performance and reliability.

Benefits The Advanced Medium-Range the highest dependability at improves a pilot’s overall
Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) the lowest cost of ownership survivability by allowing
g Highest dependability at lowest
is combat proven, scoring throughout the intended immediate maneuver following
cost of ownership
victories over the skies of Iraq, service life of the missile. missile launch. Immediate
g Maximizes operational flexibility Bosnia, and Kosovo. AMRAAM post-launch maneuver allows
operational reliability is measured AMRAAM’s unprecedented air the pilot faster engagement of
g Multi-shot capability
in thousands of hours — an combat flexibility, including its follow-on targets, as well as the
g State-of-the-art active radar order of magnitude improvement multi-shot capability, provides option to maximize his separation
guidance beyond other systems — with pilots the ability to launch at from the original engaged threat.
g Dual use from the same missile
mean-time-between-failure an enemy aircraft day or night,
(air and surface launch) rates in excess of 1500 hours in all weather. In beyond visual AMRAAM’s multi-shot capability
of operation. AMRAAMs are range (BVR) engagements, is also designed to improve pilot
g Cost effective life cycle support currently flown by the majority AMRAAM is guided initially survivability by allowing multiple
for both ATA and SL missiles of coalition air forces. Attesting by its inertial reference unit simultaneous threat engagements.
g Planned performance software to AMRAAM reliability, the and microcomputer. During AMRAAM operational capabilities
upgrades to combat emerging U.S. Air Force has recently this midcourse phase of flight, include quick flyout, robust
technologies exceeded one million captive AMRAAM receives target immunity to countermeasures,
carry hours while maintaining position updates directly from and improved capability attacking
field availability well above the launch radar system. In the low-altitude targets. The low-
requirements. terminal phase of flight, smoke, high-impulse rocket
without further reliance on the motor effectively reduces the
With state-of-the-art active launching aircraft, the internal visual signature of the missile
radar guidance, AMRAAM packs active radar seeker acquires and thus reduces the overall
unprecedented performance the target and independently probability of an enemy pilot’s
into a lightweight package. guides the missile to intercept. sighting either the launch or
AMRAAM’s incorporation of the incoming missile.
the latest digital technology AMRAAM’s autonomous
and microminiaturized solid- guidance capability provides AMRAAM is operational on
state electronics makes this the pilot with critical range the F-22, Eurofighter, F-15,
remarkable weapon more reliable preserving launch and leave F-16, F/A-18, the German F4F,
and maintainable, resulting in capability. This substantially the United Kingdom’s Sea

Harrier, Tornado, Harrier II Plus, been operational with the Royal innovative evolutionary spiral the future. Performance,
the JAS-39 Gripen, JA-37 Viggen, Norwegian Air Force since 1994. development began early in reliability, and affordability
and the Norwegian Advanced The Spanish army has also the AMRAAM program. This with state-of-the-art technology
Surface-to-Air Missile System procured NASAMS. In 1998, remarkably successful spiral are Raytheon’s commitments
(NASAMS). Raytheon is NASAMs became the NATO development process continues as the producer of the world’s
currently integrating AMRAAM Response Force standard for to extend AMRAAM’s world- preeminent air-to-air missiles.
on the Joint Strike Fighter. mobile/deployable netted renowned capability well into
air-defense systems to counter
AMRAAM sets the global, beyond modern threats. AMRAAM AIM-120C-7 Specifications
visual range standard. With more Length: 12 ft 3.65 m
than 33 countries procuring the Recently, the U.S. Army approved Diameter: 7 in 17.8 cm
missile, AMRAAM has attained an Operational Requirements Wing Span: 17.5 in 44.5 cm
a level of international Document (ORD) for a similar Fin Span: 17.6 in 44.7 cm
procurement that enriches Surface-Launch AMRAAM
Weight: 356 lb 161.5 kg
interoperability, ensures (SLAMRAAM) capability. The
commonality, and improves Army expects to field its system Warhead: 45 lb 20.5 kg
overall logistic support which in the near future. Internationally, Guidance: Active radar
ensures effective coalition Raytheon promotes SL-AMRAAM Fuzing: Proximity and contact
operations. capability for HAWK/SHORAD Launcher: Rail and eject
upgrades and air defense systems
AMRAAM has demonstrated employing the Mobility and
equally outstanding surface-to-air Canister launcher on a variety of
performance. Surface-launch alternative vehicles.
operators find AMRAAM
performance extremely effective The AMRAAM program is
through increased long-range a model defense acquisition
firepower, multiple target reform process managed by the
capability, and resilient ECCM Air-To-Air Missile Systems Wing
features. The NASAMS was the at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
first surface-launch system to AMRAAM is in full-rate
take advantage of these unique production at Raytheon’s
Raytheon Company
air defense capabilities and has Tucson, Arizona, facility. Raytheon’s Missile Systems
P.O. Box 11337
Inertial Detecting Tucson, Arizona
Reference Device 85734-1337 USA
Electronics Unit Actuator
Antenna 520.794.0198 phone
520.794.8978 fax
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