AMRAAM Missile

Fighter plane with a missile deployed underneath it.

Modern, versatile and proven

AMRAAM® – Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile – is the world's most sophisticated, combat-proven air dominance weapon. With more than 30 years of design, upgrades, testing and production, the AIM-120 missile continues to meet warfighter requirements in all weather and beyond visual range. Its capabilities have been fully demonstrated in over 4,900 test shots and more than 13 air-to-air combat victories.

Raytheon Missiles & Defense and KONGSBERG completed a live-fire test of the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile Extended Range variant for the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System. The test, conducted at Andoya Space Defense Center in April 2021, provided critical flight data that will be used to improve the missile’s future software algorithms. The team used a new NASAMS launcher that can accommodate AMRAAM®-ER’s larger size. The missile, which is powered by a Nammo-manufactured rocket motor, enables intercepts at longer ranges and higher altitudes than other effectors.

 

Flexible and precise

The AMRAAM missile packs unprecedented performance into a lightweight, cost-effective package. It uses a combination of inertial guidance, midcourse updates, and an on-board active radar to find the intended target and complete the intercept. Because of continual development and ongoing modernization it remains the gold standard for the air dominance arena.

Procured by 40 countries and the U.S., the AMRAAM missile has been integrated onto the F-15A/B/C/D/E Eagle/Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Super Hornet, F-22 Raptor, Eurofighter Typhoon, JAS-39 Gripen, Tornado and Harrier. It is also the baseline weapon on the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, also known as NASAMS™. The newest version of AMRAAM is operational on all F-35 Joint Strike Fighter variants. It is the only radar-guided, air-to-air missile cleared to fly on the F-35.

The AMRAAM is truly a dual-role missile, offering operational flexibility in air-to-air and surface-launch engagements. In the air-to-air role, the weapon's advanced active guidance section and mature seeker design allow it to quickly find targets in the most challenging environments. In the surface-launch role, it is the baseline weapon on NASAMS, allowing countries to use the same missile in either role with no modifications.

Ground-based air defense

The AMRAAM-Extended Range missile is a new, ground-launched solution that will intercept targets at longer distances and higher altitudes. The AMRAAM-ER missile gets its boost in range from a bigger rocket motor and optimized flight control algorithms.

Designed specifically for ground-based air defense, the AMRAAM-ER missile will be integrated with the NASAMS launcher for increased air defense protection in the medium-range air defense market. NASAMS is owned by 12 countries and has been integrated into the U.S. National Capital Region’s air defense system since 2005. The first AMRAAM-ER missile flight test was successfully completed in the second quarter of 2021. Production deliveries are expected in 2022.

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