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Latest AMRAAM variant tested in F-16 live fire exercise

An F-16 fires an AIM-120D-3 in the final required flight test for the missile variant, developed under the Form, Fit, Function Refresh, known as F3R. Photo: US Air Force/Master Sgt. John McRell.

The US Air Force and Raytheon have successfully tested the newest AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile variant during a live fire exercise.

The US Air Force and Raytheon have successfully tested the newest AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile variant during a live fire exercise.

The AIM-120D-3 AMRAAM is the most advanced variant of the AMRAAM missile developed under the Form, Fit, Function Refresh program.

It features upgraded circuit cards for its guidance section, capability for continuous agile software improvements, and the ability to counter peer threats, according to Raytheon.

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Raytheon air power president Paul Ferraro said the missile successfully completed all developmental and operational testing, concluding with an F-16 live fire test with production hardware and software.

“We are ramping AMRAAM production to a greater rate than ever before in the history of this program,” he said.

“With significantly increased functionality, performance and producibility, and the completion of the flight test program, we are ensuring warfighters can count on having the fifth generation of AMRAAM, and enough of them, in their arsenal.”

Developmental and operational test of the AIM-120D-3 included captive carry and live fires from both the US Navy and US Air Force fourth and fifth-generation platforms.

The production ramp increases follow recent contracts, such as a $1.15 billion awarded in June 2023 and $972 million awarded in September 2022.

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