The motor is an alternative to the widely deployed AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. U.S. company Raytheon and partner NAMMO, of Norway, say progress on the AMRAAM motor is moving forward following the initiation of the qualifying process.
The qualification program, which will be funded in part by the U.S. Air Force and Norwegian Defense Ministry among others, is part of an effort by Raytheon and NAMMO to develop a second source rocket motor that will support the AMRAAM supply demands of the United States and more than 35 countries that use the missile technology.
"This partnership is another example of close collaboration among allied nations, and it adds value to numerous industries and AMRAAM customers," Harry Schulte, Raytheon Missile Systems Air Warfare Systems product line vice president, said in a statement.
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