Japan requests $113m sale of AIM-120C-7 AMRAAMs from US


The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a $113m potential foreign military sale of AIM-120C-7 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAMs) to Japan.

Japan has requested the delivery of 56 AIM 120C-7 AMRAAMs, which can be used for both air-to-air and surface-launch engagements.

The proposed sale will also cover containers, weapon support and equipment, as well as spare and repair parts.

The US Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services, along with other related elements of logistical and programme support will also be included in the sale.

The AMRAAMs will be inducted into the Japan Air Self-Defense Force to provide a critical air defence capability to assist in defending the homeland and US personnel stationed there.

"The AMRAAMs will be inducted into the Japan Air Self-Defense Force to provide a critical air defence capability to assist in defending the homeland and US personnel stationed there."

Raytheon Missile Systems will serve as the principal contractor for the sale that will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by meeting the security and defence needs of a major ally and partner nation.

Said to be the world's most sophisticated air dominance weapon, AMRAAM is operational with 37 countries, including the US.

So far, the weapon has been integrated onto the F-16, F-15, F/A-18, F-22, Typhoon, Gripen, Tornado, and Harrier.

The AMRAAM’s advanced active guidance section provides aircrew with a high degree of combat flexibility and lethality, while its mature seeker design allows it to quickly find targets in the most combat-challenging environments, Raytheon stated.