Sweden orders AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM missiles for Gripen fighters

By Defence Industry Europe

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has inked a contract with the United States for the procurement of AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, slated for deployment with the Swedish Air Force's Gripen fighters.


FMV’s decision to acquire these advanced AMRAAM missiles represents an upgrade, replacing older variants of the weaponry. It’s noteworthy that earlier, Sweden had opted to sell  AMRAAM missiles to the United States, with the intention of forwarding them to Ukraine to bolster the air defence capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.


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While FMV did not disclose the precise number of AMRAAM missiles ordered, a key development in July this year saw the United States Department of State granting approval for the sale of up to 250 AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM missiles, along with accompanying equipment, to Sweden. The estimated procurement cost, as stated by the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), is approximately USD 605 million.



FMV emphasizes that the acquisition of AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM missiles will not only bolster the Swedish Air Force’s combat capabilities but also foster enhanced interoperability with both US and NATO forces.



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