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US oks $250 mn FMS from Poland for AIM-120C-7 missiles

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World Defense & Security News - Poland
 
 
US oks $250 mn FMS from Poland for AIM-120C-7 missiles
 
The US State Department recently approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland for AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) for an estimated cost of $250 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on November 28, 2017.
     
US 250 mn FMS from Poland for AIM 120C 7 missiles 640 001A Polish Air Force F-16C
(Credit: PAF/Bartosz Bera)
     
Poland has requested to purchase up to 150 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). Also included are missile containers, weapon system support, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $250 million.

"This potential sale would support Poland’s F-16 fighter program and enhances Poland’s ability to provide for its own territorial defense and support coalition operations. Poland previously purchased the AIM-120C-7 missile," the DSCA stated. The prime contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems.

The AMRAAM missile is being used on the Polish Air Force fleet of 48 F-16C/D fighter jets.

The AIM-120 AMRAAM is a modern beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) designed and produced by the US missile maker Raytheon. The C-variant has been steadily upgraded since it was introduced in 1996. The C-7 variant includes improvements in homing and a greater range.