Netherlands, Denmark & Norway Approved to Buy AMRAAM Missiles

The combined value of the contracts is $2.833 billion
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 04:55 AM, June 14, 2024
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Netherlands, Denmark & Norway Approved to Buy AMRAAM Missiles
F-35A fires AIM-120 AMRAAM

The U.S. State Department has approved potential Foreign Military Sales to the Governments of the Netherlands, Norway, and Denmark, involving AMRAAM air-to-air missiles and related equipment, totaling an estimated $2.833 billion.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certifications notifying Congress of these possible sales today.

These proposed sales align with U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives, aiming to strengthen the security of key NATO allies, the Pentagon said in a statement.

The principal contractor for all three contracts will be RTX Corporation, located in Tucson, AZ. 

Netherlands

The Netherlands has requested the purchase of 174 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles-Extended Range (AMRAAM-ER) and four AMRAAM-C8 guidance sections, alongside various support equipment and services. The package, estimated at $678 million, includes AMRAAM containers, load trainers, control section spares, cryptographic devices, Common Munition Built-in-Test (BIT)/Reprogramming Equipment, and other logistics support. This sale aims to bolster the Netherlands' Medium Range Air Defense (MRAD) system, enhancing its air defense capabilities and contribution to NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defense.

Norway

Norway's proposed purchase includes 300 AIM-120C-8 AMRAAMs and 20 AIM-120C-8 guidance sections, with an estimated cost of $1.94 billion. The sale also encompasses AMRAAM containers, spare parts, classified software support, and training. These missiles will replace Norway's existing AIM-120B AMRAAMs, to be integrated with both ground-based air defense and F-35A aircraft. This acquisition is expected to enhance Norway’s defense capabilities and reinforce its role within NATO.

Denmark

Denmark is set to acquire 84 AIM-120C-8 AMRAAMs and three AMRAAM guidance sections for an estimated $215.5 million. The sale includes spare control sections, containers, munitions support, and various logistics services. This deal will upgrade Denmark’s air-to-air munitions, ensuring interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces. Denmark’s existing inventory of AMRAAMs will facilitate the seamless integration of these new missiles.

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