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AIM-120 AMRAAM
AIM-120
2 AIM-120s mounted on a F-16.
Statistics
Type Beyond Visual Range, Active Radar Guided, Air-To-Air Missile
Country of Origin United States
Service History and Status
Used by United States

Australia

Canada

Many Others

Service History 1990 - Present}
Status Active
Production Information
Manufacturer(s) Raytheon
Specifications
Length 3.7 m
Height 180 mm
Width 180 mm
Weight 152 kg
Speed Mach 4
The AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile or AMRAAM, is a modern, all weather, night and day beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM).The AIM-120 is a fire and forget missile, meaning when launched, there is no need for the pilot to worry about the missile. When an AMRAAM missile is launched, NATO pilots use the brevity code - Fox Three.

OriginsEdit

AIM-7 Sparrow - Beyond Visual Range Missile (BVRM) DevelopmentsEdit

The AIM-7 Sparrow was the United States' first operational BVR missile, purchased from original owner, Howard Hughes, by the U.S. Navy. It had around an effective range of 12 km, using semi-active radar guidance. The AIM-7 Sparrow was intended for slow, large bombers and redered effectiviness with fighters low. Due to this, the Sparrow was constanly improved. The Sparrow proved the effectiveness of BVR missiles and paved the way for more advanced missiles such as the AIM-120 AMRAAM

VideosEdit

Lockheed Martin - F-35A Stealth Fighter First AIM-120 AMRAAM Launch Test 720p-0

Lockheed Martin - F-35A Stealth Fighter First AIM-120 AMRAAM Launch Test 720p-0