Illustration technicians check the readiness of missile systems AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM artificial Raytheon, United States. Missile was originally produced before it was acquired Raytheon Hughes. (Wikipedia.org)
United States Department of State has decided in favor of the possibility of channeling scheme of sale of objects foreign military (FMS / Foreign Military Sales ) to Indonesia about missiles AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), which also includes training, equipment and logistical support.
The contract value is called the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United States, was quoted on Friday, from Washington, is 95 million US dollars.
By doing so, the unit price of missiles AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM was added various things followup to 2.38 million US dollars per unit. While some sources claim, the original price of any unit in the range of US $ 400,000.
Missiles AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM missiles belonging sophisticated that it can fight a fighter pilot in the air is beyond the range of vision.
Classified as missiles beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), peludu this control into a "standard" air armament combat aircraft, leaning on radar guidance transmit-receive rather than the type of semi active transmit-receive.
Starting from seniors, the AIM-7 Sparrow ordered the US Navy in the decade of the '50s, the concept of aerial warfare beyond the reach of the eye introduced. From now on that the doctrine of a new battle in the air were introduced, first see first kill , supported by more sophisticated avionics systems so pilots can conduct tactical fire and forget.
At that time, the fighter that the system is compatible with F-3H Demon and F-7U Cutlass , and perfected on the F-4 Phantom II .
Now, the AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM has an effective range of up to 57 nautical miles (105 km) with a maximum speed of Mach 4 (four times the speed of sound alias 4,900 km / h, while the fastest fighter jets is still in the range of 2.5 the speed of sound ). When class guided missile AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM is released, NATO fighter pilots used to call status or simulated combat battle as Fox Three.
The Indonesian government, according to the United States Department of State, it has requested the sale of 36 units of AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM and the Free Section Missile.
Included in the agreement is the support equipment, spare parts, maintenance-repair, logistics, engineers, adapters, technical publications, training, test devices, and other related elements.
Sales of war equipment in accordance with the foreign policy and domestic security in the United States by helping to improve the security of the United States and key partners in order to give stability of the Asia-Pacific region.
Sales of 36 units of AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM is following discourse replacement of F-5E / F Tiger II of the Air Squadron 14 Air Force, contested some of the "contestants", ie JAS-39 Gripen C / D from Sweden's Saab, the F-16 Block 60 Viper , and the Sukhoi Su-35 from Russia.
Although the tender was not opened to the public, but otherwise the Ministry of Defence of Indonesia, that they have obtained the name of the prospective "winners".
AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM is highly compatible with all ranks of NATO warplanes and the West, including the JAS-39 Gripen , F-16 Fighting Falcon series, F-18 Hornet / Super Hornet , F-15 Eagle series, until the Panavia Tornado ADV.
AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM is still below grade AIM-120D is able to reach a distance of 97 nautical miles (160 km), while the AIM-120D is still inferior in speed than the Meteor -made consortium of Western Europe, MBDA.
MBDA Meteor became one weapon JAS-39 Gripen in their operationalization in the air.