$21.8M for New AIM-120D AMRAAM Lead Materials
Designation-Systems notes that AIM-120D (aka. AIM-120C-8) is a development of the F-22 optimized AIM-120C with a two-way data link, more accurate navigation, an expanded no-escape envelope, improved High-Angle Off-Boresight which is the width of the seeker’s “view”, and a 50% increase in range. This joint USAF/US Navy project is currently in the testing phase.
Along those lines, Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ just received a $21.8 million firm-fixed-price contract modification for advanced medium range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) lead time away material, and systems engineering performance responsibility (SEPR). The lead time material will cover 12 operational test missiles (AIM-120D) and 40 initial operational capability missiles (AIM-120D and AIM-120C7). Work will be complete in October 2007. The Headquarters Medium Range Missile Systems Group, Eglin Air Force Base, FL issued the contract (FA8675-06-C-0003/P0002).