Indonesia requests sale of AMRAAM from US
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale of AIM-120C-7 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAMs) to Indonesia.
Under the terms of the $95m deal, the South-Asian nation has requested 36 AMRAAMs and one missile guidance section.
Additionally, the contract will cover provision for control section support equipment, spare parts, services, logistics, technical contractor engineering and technical support, loading adaptors, technical publications, familiarisation training.
The prime contractor for the proposed sale is expected to be determined through competition.
The latest acquisition is expected to enhance Indonesia's capability to deter regional threats and strengthen its national security measures.
The sale is expected to contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the US in the Asia-Pacific region.
Powered by a solid-propellant rocket motor, the AIM-120 comes is a beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile designed for all-weather, day-and-night operations, and represents the US Military's standard air intercept missile carried on tactical fighter aircraft.
The missile has been integrated into the F-16, F-15, F/A-18, F-22, Typhoon, Gripen, Tornado, Harrier and F-4 fighters, while installation is underway on the F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
Acquired by 36 countries worldwide, AMRAAM is designed to provide warfighters with enhanced operational capability, cost-effectiveness and future growth options / solutions, and is the baseline missile for the Nato-approved Norwegian advanced surface-to-air missile system.
Image: An AIM 120 AMRAAM on display. Photo: courtesy of Lorax.