3/27/2008 - WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, NM -- A
Raytheon Company AIM-120D Advanced Medium Range
Air-to-Air Missile successfully destroyed its target
Feb. 13 in a test engagement of the newest variant of
the combat-proven missile.
The AIM-120D AMRAAM was fired by a U.S. Navy
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft from the
Navy's VX-31 squadron against a QF-4 target drone. The
missile guided to a direct hit, destroying the drone
and meeting all primary test objectives.
"By putting the AIM-120 through these rigorous tests,
the U.S. government and Raytheon are ensuring the
warfighter receives a state-of-the art weapon system
unparalleled in performance and reliability," said
Brock McCaman, vice president of Raytheon Missile
Systems' Air-to-Air product line.
The AMRAAM missile has been developed through the
combined efforts of the U.S. Air Force's Air Armament
Center, the U.S. Navy, and Raytheon. The AIM- 120D is
currently in the system design and development phase.
"The AIM-120D builds on the combat proven AMRAAM by
adding an enhanced electronic protection suite,
two-way data link, and GPS-aided navigation," said
Judy Stokley, U.S. Air Force deputy program executive
officer for Weapons. "When the missile reaches initial
operating capability, our warfighters will have a
beyond visual range missile with unparalleled
capability in our quest for air dominance."
Source: Raytheon Press Release