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Switzerland takes delivery of AIM-120 C-7 air-to-air missiles

Source: Federal Office for Defence Procurement (armasuisse)

armasuisse has accepted a further delivery of the radar-guided missiles model AIM-120 C-7 approved with the 2017 armament programme. The transport took place today on board an US Air Force Lockheed C-130J. The aircraft landed at the Payerne Military Air Base on May 16.





The delivered radar-air-to-air-guided missile AIM-120 C-7 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) is a latest generation model. It is intended for the armament of the combat aircraft F/A-18 of the Swiss Air Force and replaces and supplements in part the predecessor model AIM-120 B purchased with the 1992 (RP92) armament programme.

 

armasuisse has accepted a further delivery of the radar-guided missiles model AIM-120 C-7 approved with the 2017 armament programme. The transport took place today on board an US Air Force Lockheed C-130J. The aircraft landed at the Payerne Military Air Base on May 16.
Photo: armasuisse.

 

The guided missile will be primarily used at distances outside the field of vision and is capable of engaging with the target in all weather conditions. It has a data link to the F/A-18 carrier aircraft for the target briefing in the first flying phase as well as via own radar – what is known as the seeker head – for independent detection or tracking of the target in the final flying phase. The new radar-guided missile of the Swiss Air Force is in use in large numbers in the US armed forces and other air forces.


The delivered guided missiles are a part of the project approved with the 2017 Armed Forces dispatch “Extension of the period of use of F/A-18 combat aircraft”. In addition to the guided missiles, other procurements will be carried out in this project, such as

  • replacement and renewal of communications systems and night vision aiming devices and adjustments to the aircraft software
  • a structural reorganisation programme
  • adjustments to simulators as well as
  • a logistics package

The overall package approved by Parliament has a volume of 450 million Swiss Francs.


The number of ordered AIM-120 C-7 guided missiles is classified as confidential military information.

In Switzerland, the armament of the F/A-18C/D combat aircraft consists of a radar-guided missile for medium distances (AIM-120 C-7 AMRAAM), an infrared guided missile for short distances (AIM-9X) and a 20-mm on-board gun.

The ordered AIM-120 C-7 guided missiles can also be used by the F-35A after decommissioning of the F/A-18.




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