The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale of AIM-120 C-7 advanced medium range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) to the Netherlands.
Valued at $53m, the sale covers the delivery of 26 units of AIM-120 C-7 AMRAAM, one AMRAAM guidance section spare (MDE items), and 20 AMRAAM captive air training missiles (CATM), missile containers and control section spares.
The Netherlands has requested weapon systems support, test equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, as well as personnel training and equipment.
The sale also includes US Government and contractor engineering, logistics, technical support services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.
The proposed sale is expected to help the US’ Nato ally improve national security.
The equipment being procured will improve the Netherland’s capabilities for mutual defence, regional security, force modernisation, and US and Nato interoperability.
It will also improve the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s ability to defend the country against future threats and contribute to current and future Nato operations.
Raytheon Missile Systems will serve as the prime contractor for the sale.
Said to be the world’s most sophisticated air dominance weapon, AMRAAM is operational in 37 countries, including the US.
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.