USAF fires 2 AMRAAMs from next-generation fighter
A U.S. Air Force pilot successfully fired two Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) AIM 120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles from an F-35B fighter aircraft. The missiles tracked and engaged two aerial targets during a Weapon Delivery Accuracy mission in Southern California. The test marked the first dual AMRAAM shot from any F-35 variant, and the first live AMRAAM shot from the F-35B.
"AMRAAM's seeker and guidance section is the most advanced of any air-to-air missiles flying today," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president. "AMRAAM gives the F-35 significant fire power and provides warfighters around the globe with an unfair advantage in the fight."
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The F-35's internally-carried AMRAAMs are a beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile capable of all-weather day-and-night operations and considered a "fire-and-forget" missile using active target radar guidance.
AMRAAM is a combat-proven missile that has demonstrated operational flexibility in both air-to-air and surface-launch engagement scenarios and provides today's warfighter with enhanced operational capability, cost effectiveness and future growth options/solutions. Procured by 36 countries, the combat-proven AMRAAM has been operational and integrated on the F-16, F-15, F/A-18, F-22, Typhoon, Gripen, Tornado, Harrier, F-4 and the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. It is also the baseline missile for the NATO-approved Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System.
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