Final test of Latest AMRAAM Variant from F-16 Jet

  • Defensemirror.com Bureau
  • 05:52 AM, July 11, 2023
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Final test of Latest AMRAAM Variant from F-16 Jet
F-16 fires an AIM-120D-3 missile

The U.S. Air Force and Raytheon said they completed all developmental and operational testing of the AIM-120D-3, which concluded with an F-16 live-fire of the missile with production hardware and software.

The AIM-120D-3 is the most advanced variant of the AMRAAM missile developed under the Form, Fit, Function Refresh (F3R) program, which upgraded circuit cards in the guidance section of the missile and allows for continuous agile software improvements. The latest AMRAAM is capable of countering peer threats.

Developmental and operational test of the AIM-120D-3 included captive carry and live-fires from both U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force fourth and fifth generation platforms. The production ramp increases follow recent contracts, such as a $1.15 billion awarded in June 2023 and $972 million awarded in Sept 2022.

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