Raytheon's AMRAAM Selected by United Kingdom as Interim Beyond-Visual-Range Solution
TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a contract with Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Missile Systems business for AIM-120 C-5 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and associated safety, logistical and surveillance support. The contract has an estimated value of $144 million. Logistical and surveillance programs will cover a period of 10 years with options to increase it to 25 years. This U.K. MOD procurement is an interim solution to the overall beyond- visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) program. The U.K. MOD selected Raytheon's low-risk, low-cost, AMRAAM as the interim solution to the BVRAAM requirement primarily due to AMRAAM's proven capability. AMRAAM is currently in production and in service with 28 nations. Raytheon Company, with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide. Note to editors: AMRAAM sets the global beyond-visual-range standard. AMRAAM's incorporation of the latest digital technology and microminiaturized solid- state electronics make this remarkable weapon more reliable and maintainable, resulting in the highest dependability at the lowest cost of ownership. AMRAAM's unprecedented air combat flexibility, including its multi-shot capability, provides pilots the ability to launch at an enemy aircraft day or night, in all weather. In beyond-visual-range engagements, AMRAAM is guided initially by its inertial reference unit and microcomputer. During midcourse flight, AMRAAM receives target location updating directly from the launch aircraft radar system. In the terminal phase of flight, without further reliance on the launching system, the internal active radar seeker independently guides the missile. AMRAAM's autonomous guidance capability provides the pilot with critical range-preserving launch and leave capability which substantially improves the pilot's survivability. AMRAAM has also demonstrated equally outstanding performance in the surface-to-air role. Contact: Sara Hammond 520-794-7810 SOURCE: Raytheon Company Web site: http://www.raytheon.com/
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