AMRAAM: Deploying & Developing America’s Medium-Range Air-Air Missile

February 29/24: Raytheon Technologies Corporation (RTX) announced a successful first flight test of the new Extended Range Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM-ER) variant, marking a significant milestone in its air defense missile development program. This innovative variant represents a first-of-its-kind configuration, incorporating several advanced technologies. The AMRAAM-ER goes beyond simply building upon the existing AMRAAM’s capabilities. It represents a first-of-its-kind configuration incorporating the guidance section of the AIM-120 C-8, potentially offering enhanced targeting and precision. Additionally, the variant boasts a more robust 10-inch rocket motor from Nammo, enabling increased range and performance. Furthermore, the AMRAAM-ER integrates a 10-inch Control Actuator System (CAS) from Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, branded as the Norwegian Propulsion Stack. This was done in collaboration with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD) as a partner.






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AIM-120C from F-22A (click for test missile zoom) Raytheon’s AIM-120 Advanced, Medium-Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) has become the world market leader for medium range air-to-air missiles, and is also beginning to make inroads within land-based defense systems. It was designed with the lessons of Vietnam in mind, and of local air combat exercises […]

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