The Royal Air Force (FAR) and the US plant Raytheon of Tucson have signed a contract for the production of a batch of air-to-air missiles.
It is an “incentive contract (firm) with a non-competitive fixed price of $ 768,283,907 for the production batch of advanced air-to-air missiles at medium range (AMRAAM)”, explains the American Department of Defense.
This contract also provides to supply the FAR with training missiles, an AMRAAM telemetry system, spare parts and all other production technical support equipment. The work will be carried out in Tucson, Arizona, with a completion date scheduled for February 28, 2023, it was reported.
In addition to Morocco, this contract involving unclassified foreign military sales concerns Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey and the United Kingdom, which account for 47% of the contract value, the statement said.
Nicknamed Slammer by American pilots, AIM-120 AMRAAM is an air-to-air missile of medium range (from 75 to 160 km depending on the version of the missile), equipped with an active radar guidance system.