Armasuisse has accepted a new delivery of the AIM-120C-7 model radar-guided missiles approved with the 2017 weapons program. The transport took place on Wednesday aboard a US Air Force Lockheed C-130J.
The AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) air-to-air radar-guided missile delivered is a state-of-the-art model. It is intended for the armament of the F/A-18 fighter aircraft of the Swiss Air Force and partly replaces and complements the predecessor model AIM-120 B acquired with the 1992 armament program (RP92).
The guided-missile will be used primarily at ranges outside the field of view and is capable of engaging the target in all weather conditions. It has a data link with the F/A-18 carrier aircraft for information on the target in the initial phase of flight and through its own radar -what is known as a seeker’s head- for detection or monitoring. Independent of the target in the final phase of the flight. The Swiss Air Force’s new radar-guided missile is widely used in the US military and other air forces.
The supplied guided missiles are part of the project approved with the 2017 Armed Forces dispatch “Extension of the period of use of F/A-18 combat aircraft.”
In addition to guided missiles, this project will carry out other acquisitions such as:
- replacement and renewal of communications systems and night vision aiming devices and adjustments to the aircraft software;
- a structural reorganization program;
- adjustments in the simulators, as well as
- a logistics package.
The overall package approved by Parliament has a volume of 450 million Swiss francs.
The number of AIM-120C-7 guided missiles ordered is classified as confidential military information.
In Switzerland, the armament of the F/A-18C/D fighter jet consists of a medium-range radar-guided missile (AIM-120 C-7 AMRAAM), an infrared-guided short-range missile (AIM-9X) and a 20mm shipboard cannon.
The ordered AIM-120 C-7 guided missiles will also be usable by the F-35A after the deactivation of the F/A-18.