Bulgaria Signs For AIM-120C7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM)

AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM)
AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM)

Bulgaria became the world’s 40th AMRAAM user when the European nation recently signed an agreement to purchase the missile from the U.S. Air Force through a foreign military sales contract. This letter of offer and acceptance allows the U.S. government to begin contract negotiations with Raytheon Missiles & Defense for production of an undisclosed quantity of missiles. The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Bulgaria of F-16C/D Block 70/72 aircraft with support for an estimated cost of $1.673 billion. The Government of Bulgaria has requested to buy sixteen (16) AIM-120C7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs).

“AMRAAM delivers unprecedented air superiority to pilots, giving them a decisive advantage in the sky,” said Paul Ferraro, vice president of Raytheon Missiles & Defense’s Air Power business. “The weapon will significantly improve Bulgaria’s ability to defend against advanced threats.”

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AMRAAM is the world’s most sophisticated, combat-proven air dominance missile. 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 engagements. Its capabilities have been fully demonstrated in over 4,800 test shots and more than 10 air-to-air combat victories. The AMRAAM is 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.

Raytheon Missiles & Defense (RMD) is one of four business segments of Raytheon Technologies. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, its president is Wes Kremer. The business produces a broad portfolio of advanced technologies, including air and missile defense systems, precision weapons, radars, and command and control systems. The business is a combination of two Raytheon Company legacy businesses, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS), which operated a plant formerly owned by the Hughes Aircraft Company. Key Raytheon Missiles & Defense capabilities combine key IDS and RMS capabilities.

Maintainers loaded AIM-9 sidewinder missiles, AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles, flares, and M-61A1 cannon rounds onto F-15 Eagles, before the aircraft taxied and were dispersed around the flight line.
Maintainers from the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron loaded AIM-9 sidewinder missiles onto F-15 Eagles, before the aircraft taxied and were dispersed around the flight line.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter Reft/Released)

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