US State Department approved the sale of another batch of AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM air to air missiles for Poland. Procurement of 150 missiles may have a pricetag of up to USD 250 million.
The Polish government has placed a request to acquire 150 AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles) missiles. The package would also include containers, spare parts, equipment, logistical support, documentation and training for the personnel. DSCA Agency estimates that the contract may have maximum value of up to USD 250 million. As it usually happens in case of any FMS acquisition, the document defines the maximum scope and amounts related to the contract. Hence the final price may be much lower.
Raytheon Missile Systems company based in Tucson, Arizona, would be acting as the main supplier. DSCA stressed the fact that no offset offer is known, with regards to this contract. One shall remember that issuing the notification on the part of DSCA is not tantamount to conclusion of the agreement.
AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM missiles would be used by the 48 F-16C/D Jastrząb fighter aircraft operated by the Polish Air Force. At the moment Poland remains in possession of 178 C-5 variant missiles delivered along with the aircraft. Procurement of extra 65 C-7 effectors has been ongoing, since 2016. The missiles, however, have not yet been delivered to Poland.
AIM-120C is a variant of the AMRAAM air-to-air missile featuring smaller control surfaces. AIM-120C-7 is, on the other hand, a result of modifications implemented as a result of programme that began back in 1998. The changes included a new seeker, and the modifications are also providing the missile with an extended range.