The United States air force and navy are cutting their planned buy of Raytheon-built AMRAAM air-to-air missiles for fiscal year 2018 due to problems developing an integrated circuit.
The AMRAAM’s obsolescence upgrade, called Form, Fit, Function Refresh (F3R), affects 15 circuit cards that comprise about half of the missile’s guidance section, according to Air Force documents obtained by Defense News.
According to the report, the main issue is with the application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), a processor that will be used to execute the missile’s software.
“There was an issue with one component that was critical to the upgrade that delayed us a bit, and we had to re-plan elements of that,” Mike Jarrett, Raytheon’s vice president of air warfare systems, said during a June interview at Paris Air Show.
It is reported that both the services will cut the planned buy by hundreds of missiles, and a key test has also been delayed by more than a year.
AMRAAM is carried on F-16, F-15, F/A-18, F-22, Typhoon, Gripen, Tornado and Harrier fighters.
Raytheon has won a contract worth $28 million for integration of the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) onto various US Air Force and Navy aircraft platforms. “Contractor will facilitate several new task orders for platform integration support including the F-16 Block 30, F-35, F-15 Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System; F-16 Active Electronically Scanned Array; AMRAAM Real Time Integration Simulator; and multiple F/A-18 configurations,” the US Department of defense announced
Raytheon is developing an extended range variant of the combat-proven Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) for ground-air defense and will enable intercepts at longer range and higher altitudes. "The new missile will be even faster and more maneuverable than the current AMRAAM," said Mike Jarrett Raytheon vice president of Air Warfare Systems in companys press statement on Sunday
Armed forces from Norway, Finland, Switzerland and Turkey successfully fired five Raytheon-built Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) AIM-120C7s as part of the Thor's Hammer flight test campaign in September. Launched from F-16 and F/A-18 fighter aircraft and the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System(NASAMS) ground launchers, the missiles achieved five successful shots on a variety of profiles and targets
Raytheon Missile Company has been awarded a $523,148,647 contract modification for Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) production Lot 31. This modification provides for AMRAAM Production Lot 32 for the production of the AMRAAM missile and other AMRAAM system items
The US State Department has approved sale of AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) for an estimated cost of $170 million to Norway. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 14, 2017
The State Department has approved $53 million worth sale of AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) to Netherlands. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today, the DSCA said in a statement Wednesday
The US State Department has approved a possible sale to Japan of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) estimated to cost US$113 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency(DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale Wednesday
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