The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of AIM-120C-7 advanced medium range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) and associated equipment to Norway.
Under the estimated $80m sale, Norway has requested the supply of 36 AIM-120C-7 AMRAAMs along with eight captive air training missiles (CATMs), containers, support equipment, spare and repair parts.
The package also covers common munitions bit/reprogramming equipment (CMBRE), publications and technical documentation, US Government and contractor logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.
Norway requires the missiles for mutual defence, regional security, force modernisation, and US and Nato interoperability.
The potential sale is primarily expected to boost the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s (RoNAF) ability to defend Norway against future threats, while also contributing to existing and future Nato operations.
The sale also contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to improve the security of a Nato ally, which has been an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.
Raytheon will serve as prime contractor for the FMS programme.
Under the development since 1998, the AIM-120C-7 is an upgraded variant of the AIM-120C AMRAAM, featuring extended range and enhancements in homing capability.
Having completed successful test flight in 2003, the missile is currently being manufactured for both domestic and foreign military customers.
The AIM-120 AMRAAM is a modern, fire-and-forget beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), capable of conducting all-weather day-and-night operations.
The missile is currently in service with the US Air Force, Navy, and more than 25 US-allied nations worldwide.