Bulgaria Signs for AMRAAM Missiles, Becomes 40th Buyer

 In CEE, Defense, Air, Forces & Capabilities, Threats

(Source: Raytheon Missiles & Defense; issued Sept. 15, 2020)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Bulgaria became the world’s 40th AMRAAM user when the European nation recent­ly signed an agree­ment to pur­chase the mis­sile from the U.S. Air Force through a for­eign mil­i­tary sales con­tract.

This letter of offer and accep­tance allows the U.S. gov­ern­ment to begin con­tract nego­ti­a­tions with Raytheon Missiles & Defense for pro­duc­tion of an undis­closed quan­ti­ty of mis­siles.

“AMRAAM deliv­ers unprece­dent­ed air supe­ri­or­i­ty to pilots, giving them a deci­sive advan­tage in the sky,” said Paul Ferraro, vice pres­i­dent of Raytheon Missiles & Defense’s Air Power busi­ness. “The weapon will sig­nif­i­cant­ly improve Bulgaria’s abil­i­ty to defend against advanced threats.”

The AMRAAM is a dual-role mis­sile, offer­ing oper­a­tional flex­i­bil­i­ty in air-to-air and sur­face-launch engage­ments. In the air-to-air role, the weapon’s advanced active guid­ance sec­tion and mature seeker design allow it to quick­ly find tar­gets in the most chal­leng­ing envi­ron­ments.

AMRAAM is the world’s most sophis­ti­cat­ed, combat-proven air dom­i­nance mis­sile. With more than 30 years of design, upgrades, test­ing and pro­duc­tion, the AIM-120 mis­sile con­tin­ues to meet warfight­er require­ments in all weath­er and beyond visual range engage­ments. Its capa­bil­i­ties have been fully demon­strat­ed in over 4,800 test shots and more than 10 air-to-air combat vic­to­ries.

Raytheon Missiles & Defense brings global cus­tomers the most advanced end-to-end solu­tions deliv­er­ing the advan­tage of one inno­v­a­tive part­ner to detect, track, and inter­cept threats. With a broad port­fo­lio of air and mis­sile defense sys­tems, pre­ci­sion weapons, radars, com­mand and con­trol sys­tems and advanced defense tech­nolo­gies Raytheon Missiles & Defense solu­tions pro­tect cit­i­zens, warfight­ers and infra­struc­ture in more than fifty coun­tries around the world.

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