Raytheon Technologies, an RTX business, has been working with the US Air Force on developmental and operational testing of the AIM-120D-3 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) variant, which concluded with an F-16 live-fire of the missile with production hardware and software.
According to Raytheon, the conclusion of these tests ensures increased functionality, performance, and production capabilities for warfighters.
The AIM-120D-3 is the most advanced variant of the AMRAAM missile developed under the Form, Fit, Function Refresh (F3R) program, which upgraded circuit cards in the guidance section of the missile and allows for continuous agile software improvements.
Developmental and operational tests of the AIM-120D-3 included captive carry and live-fires from both US Navy and US Air Force fourth and fifth generation platforms.
“We are ramping AMRAAM production to a greater rate than ever before in the history of this program,” said Paul Ferraro, president of Air Power at Raytheon. “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.”