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Swiss seek AMRAAM buy

Jan. 3, 2011 at 2:36 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Switzerland wants to purchase a variety of missile systems from the United States in a package worth about $358 million.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, in its notification to Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale, said systems requested include 150 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles, six AIM-120C-7 Telemetry Missiles, 24 AIM-120C-7 Captive Air Training Missiles and one spare Missile Guidance Section.

The purchase package would also include logistical support, associated parts, equipment, training and logistical support.

"This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country, which has been, and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe," the agency said in its notification.

Switzerland intends to use the AMRAAM missiles on its existing fleet of F/A-18 aircraft.

The prime contractor on the proposed sale, if concluded, would be Raytheon Missile Systems Corp. in Tucson.

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