Following a successful test firing in May 2016, Raytheon is now offering an extended-range, ground-launched, air defence variant of the AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). Officially designated as AMRAAM-ER, the new missile is available only in the air defence role and there are no plans to offer it in an air-launched configuration.
“This missile is fitted with the same 10-inch booster motor that was originally designed for the ESSM [RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile],” Raytheon’s vice president for air warfare systems business development, retired vice admiral Thomas H Copeman, told Jane’s at the Dubai Airshow on 14 November. The missile is designed to be a new option for the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS): a networked medium-range air-defence system developed by a joint venture that paired Raytheon with Kongsberg of Norway.
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