Poland requests $250m AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM sale from US

1 December 2017 (Last Updated December 1st, 2017 11:21)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of AIM-120C-7 advanced medium range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) to Poland.

Poland requests $250m AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM sale from US
Polish Air Force F-16C Block 52+. Credit: Radomil talk.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of AIM-120C-7 advanced medium range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) to Poland.

The estimated $250m FMS includes the procurement of up to 150 AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM, in addition to missile containers, weapon system support, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, as well as personnel training and equipment.

Under the FMS, Poland has also requested engineering, technical, and logistics support services for the US Government and contractor, and other related elements of logistical and programme support.

Approved by the US State Department, the potential sale will contribute to US foreign policy and national security by helping to enhance the security of a Nato ally.

Poland continues to serve as an important force for ensuring political stability and economic progress in Central Europe.

The AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM purchase will help support the country’s F-16 fighter jet programme.

“It will also increase the nation’s ability to provide for its own territorial defence and support coalition operations.”

It will also increase the nation’s ability to provide for its own territorial defence and support coalition operations, but will not change the basic military balance in the region.

Poland previously acquired the AIM-120C-7 missile and will be able to deploy the equipment into its armed forces.

Raytheon Missile Systems, located in Tucson, Arizona, US, has been cited as the potential principal contractor for the proposed sale.

In November last year, Poland requested for a possible $200m sale of joint air-to-surface standoff missiles extended range (JASSM-ER) from the US.