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November 20, 2017

US approves $170m sale of AIM-120 C-7 AMRAAMs to Norway

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of an estimated $170m possible foreign military sale of AIM-120 C-7 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAMs) to Norway.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of an estimated $170m possible foreign military sale of AIM-120 C-7 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAMs) to Norway.

Under the sale, Norway seeks to receive 60 AIM-120 C-7 AMRAAMs and four AMRAAM guidance section spares.

The sale covers the delivery of missile containers, weapon system support, support equipment, spare and repair parts.

The Government of Norway has also requested publications and technical documentation, personnel training and equipment, US Government and contractor engineering, logistics, technical and support services, as well as other related elements of logistics and programme support.

With the procurement of AMRAAMs and associated equipment, the Royal Norwegian Air Force will be able to better respond to future threats and contribute to current and future Nato operations.

The proposed sale is anticipated to improve Norway’s capabilities for mutual defence, regional security, force modernisation and the US and Nato interoperability.

“The Royal Norwegian Air Force will be able to better respond to future threats and contribute to current and future Nato operations.”

Raytheon Missile Systems will serve as the prime contractor for the latest follow-on sale of additional AIM-120 C-7 missiles.

The AMRAAM air-to-air missile can be used for both air-to-air and surface-launch engagements.

The weapon’s advanced active guidance section provides aircrew with a high degree of combat flexibility and lethality, according to Raytheon.

To date, AMRAAM’s capabilities were demonstrated in more than 4,200 test shots and ten air-to-air combat victories.

Procured by 37 countries, AMRAAM is currently integrated onto the F-16, F-15, F/A-18, F-22, Typhoon, Gripen, Tornado, and Harrier.

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