US clears massive sale of AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM missiles for German Air Force

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency on July 19 announced that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Germany of AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.90 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

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US clears massive sale of AIM 120C 8 AMRAAM missiles for German Air Force 1 A Eurofighter two-seater from the German Armed Forces Technical Service Center for Aircraft and Aeronautical Equipment (WTDWehrtechnische Dienststelle 61) is loaded with a training missile during the 2018 AMRAAM campaign in Lossiemouth, Scotland (Picture source: Bundeswehr/Jane Schmidt)

The Government of Germany has requested to buy up to nine hundred sixty-nine (969) AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM); and up to twelve (12) AMRAAM C8 Guidance Sections. Also included are AIM-120 Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM); telemetry kit and control section spares and containers; KGV-135A Communications Security (COMSEC) devices; Common Munitions Built-in-Test Reprogramming Equipment (CMBRE); ADU 891 Computer Test Set Adapter Groups; munitions support and support equipment; classified software delivery and support; spare parts, consumables, accessories, and repair and return support; transportation support; classified publications and technical documentation; studies and surveys; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total cost is $2.90 billion. Germany already has AMRAAMs in its inventory.

The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, AZ. Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to the Federal Republic of Germany.