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 Turkey.

Under the estimated $320m sale, Turkey has requested the supply of a total of 145 AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM missiles along with ten missile guidance sections, and 40 LAU-129 launchers.

The package also includes support equipment, spare and repair parts, integration activities, test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, and other related elements or logistics and programme support.

Approved by the US State Department, the AMRAAM sale is expected to modernise the Turkish Air Force’s (TAF) inventory, and support its own air defence requirement and improve its interoperability with the US and other Nato allies.

Specifically, the missiles are scheduled to be used on the TAF’s F-16 aircraft and eventually their F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighters, and also maintain the service’s air-to-air capability to defend its extensive coastline and borders against future threats.

The proposed sale is consistent with US objectives of assisting Turkey in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defence posture.

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Raytheon will serve as prime contractor for the FMS programme.

"The proposed sale is consistent with US objectives of assisting Turkey in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defence posture."

Under 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 a 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.

Image: AIM-120C-7 is an upgraded variant of the AIM-120 AMRAAM missile. Photo: courtesy of Dancraggs.

Defence Technology