Sept. 19 – Two of Raytheon’s latest AIM-120C-5 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles were successfully launched in international tests using a new AMRAAM software suite. These tests mark the first time that AMRAAM software development testing has been done outside the United States.
During the same time, an AIM-120B was also launched as part of the final validation for another AMRAAM software suite. All three test firings occurred on the RFN Missile Test Range in Vidsel, Sweden, using missiles with telemetry and without warheads.
In the first test on July 30, a Danish F-16 launched an AIM-120C-5 missile against a sub-scale target resulting in a direct hit. On Aug. 6, an F-18 from Finland also launched an AIM-120C-5 missile against a sub-scale target resulting in a direct hit.
The AIM-120B test took place Aug. 2 when a Swedish JAS-39 Gripen launched an AIM-120B test and validated missile performance in a look-down, shoot-down scenario. Preliminary data indicates the missile passed well within lethal range of the sub-scale target.