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United States, Canada eye AMRAAM sale

01 November 2017

The US Department of State approved a possible USD140 million Foreign Military Sale to Canada of Raytheon AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs), the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 1 November.Canada could soon receive up to 32 AIM-120D air-to-air missiles after US approval was announced on 1 October. The RCAF fields a number of older IM-120C-7s purchased through US foreign military sale. (US Air Force)Canada could soon receive up to 32 AIM-120D air-to-air missiles after US approval was announced on 1 October. The RCAF fields a number of older IM-120C-7s purchased through US foreign military sale. (US Air Force)

Canada requested as many as 32 AIM-120Ds, 18 AMRAAM Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs), 4 AMRAAM Non-Development Item – Airborne Instrumentation Units (NDI-AIUs), 2 AMRAAM Instrumented Test Vehicles (ITVs), 7 spare AMRAAM guidance units, and up to 4 spare AMRAAM control sections for use on the Canadian Royal Air Force’s (RCAF’s) Boeing F/A-18 (CF-188 or CF-18) Hornet fighter aircraft, according to DSCA.

The sale, if completed, would include containers, storage, transportation, training, spares, and more.

“This proposed sale … is required to enable RCAF fighters to optimally fulfill both North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) and NATO missions and also meets the US Northern Command’s goals of combined air operations interoperability and standardization between Canadian and US forces,” DSCA said.

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