By WENDELL MINNICK
Pakistan has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance to procure 500 AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and 200 AIM-9M Sidewinder air-to-air missiles from Raytheon. According to a Jan. 15 Raytheon press release, this is the first AMRAAM missile procurement between Raytheon and Pakistan.
“The combined $284 million procurement augments Pakistan’s established inventory and will provide the bulk of the air-to-air fire power of the Pakistan Air Force,” said the release. “This is the largest single purchase of AMRAAM missiles in the history of the AMRAAM international program,” said Brock McCaman, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Air-to-Air product line.
Delivery is expected to start in 2008 and continue until 2011.
In June, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced a wide range of Pakistani sales under the Foreign Military Sales program, including $1.3 billion for 60 F-16 Mid-Life Update Modification Kits and Falcon Star Structural Service Life Enhancement Kits; $151 million for modifications to 14 F100-PW-220E engines for F-16s; and a $650 million sale of AMRAAMs, AIM-9s and 500 Joint Direct Attack Munitions.