First AIM-120D3 Missile Fired, Seeking Big Range Boost

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Unread post18 Jul 2022, 22:21

Raytheon Fires First AIM-120D3 Missile, Seeking Big Range Boost
18 Jul 2022 Steve Trimble

"FARNBOROUGH - Raytheon has fired the first upgraded AIM-120D3 Amraam against a QF-16 test target, setting up a campaign to extend the range of the air dominance missile “significantly,” a company executive said July 18 at the Farnborough International Airshow here.

As the product of a software and hardware change, the AIM-120D3 uses better processing capabilities to extend the missile’s time of flight by more efficient navigation rather than by increasing the amount of propellant or changing the motor....

Raytheon has been using software to steadily improve the range of the AIM-120 missile family. A test firing in April 2021 achieved a new distance record for the AIM-120D. A follow-up live fire test by a Boeing F-15EX earlier this year set a new range record for the Amraam, Norman says.

Meanwhile, Raytheon integrated 15 new circuit cards from the Form, Fit and Function Replacement program on the AIM-120D. In combination with new software from the System Improvement Program 3F, the new AIM-120D3 missile is capable of even further range, but the exact distance profile is classified.

The same upgrade with be tested on the exportable AIM-120C8 version of the missile, Raytheon says."

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Unread post18 Jul 2022, 22:35

Had a look, but not sure if this has been reported on the forum:

https://www.dsca.mil/press-media/major- ... r-missiles

The Government of Norway has requested to buy up to two hundred five (205) AIM-120 D-series Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs); up to sixty (60) AIM-120 C-8 or D-series AMRAAMs; and four (4) AIM-120D AMRAAM Guidance Sections.

Also included are AIM-120 Control Sections, Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs), and missile containers; weapon system support equipment; integration support and test equipment; transportation; repair and return support and equipment; warranties; classified and unclassified software delivery and support; spare and repair parts, consumables, and accessories; publications and technical documentation; maintenance and maintenance support; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, studies and surveys; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total cost is $950 million.
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Unread post28 Jul 2022, 06:35

It is interesting that they are testing a new AIM-120D when this year is planned IOC of AIM-260.

Maybe something they can back fit exisint AIM-120Ds since just software? It would be hilarious if this was the AIM-260.
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Unread post28 Jul 2022, 06:54

squirrelshoes wrote:It is interesting that they are testing a new AIM-120D when this year is planned IOC of AIM-260.

Maybe something they can back fit exisint AIM-120Ds since just software? It would be hilarious if this was the AIM-260.



The AIM-260s will come online slowly and only a limited number of types will get it initially. Plus, that doesn't even take into account export orders.

In short even with the new AIM-260s the AMRAAM (AIM-120) will be around for sometime to come!
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Unread post29 Jul 2022, 13:23

squirrelshoes wrote:It is interesting that they are testing a new AIM-120D when this year is planned IOC of AIM-260.

Maybe something they can back fit exisint AIM-120Ds since just software? It would be hilarious if this was the AIM-260.


It would be depressing as hell if this was the AIM-260.
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Unread post29 Jul 2022, 14:02

Given the spin vs substance ratio now a days an AIM-260 = "advance" longer range AIM-120D3++ would NOT surprise me.
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Unread post29 Jul 2022, 15:19

I don't really think this is the AIM-260, since by all accounts Lockheed-Martin is developing the AIM-260 while Raytheon is the one who just upgraded AIM-120D.

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Unread post29 Jul 2022, 19:17

usafr wrote:Given the spin vs substance ratio now a days an AIM-260 = "advance" longer range AIM-120D3++ would NOT surprise me.

You can't squeeze enough range out of an AIM-120D to achieve the performance the AIM-260 is striving for. There would be no need for specialized and secure ASPs for AIM-260, if it were merely an AIM-120D with improved navigation. The bar for the AIM-260 is to exceed the range of the PL-15. These AIM-120 upgrades are likely 10-20km improvements, not 100km improvements.

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