Monday, April 8, 2013

Singapore to buy 100 AIM-120C7 AMRAAM and 20 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder missiles

Singapore has requested the purchase of air-to-missiles from the United States for its F-15SG fighter aircraft.  As required, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified the US Congress of a possible sale of missiles and related equipment.

The first is for 100 AIM-120C7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) in a $210 million contract. The second is for 20 AIM-9X Sidewinder Within Visual Range Air-to-Air missiles in a contract worth about $36 million.

Both sales would be concluded through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route. The AMRAAM contract includes:
  • 100 AIM-120C7 AMRAAM missiles
  • an AMRAAM Programmable Advanced System Interface Simulator (PASIS)
  • 10 AMRAAM Spare Guidance Sections
  • 18 AN/AVS-9(V) Night Vision Goggles
  • H-764G with GEM V Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM)
  • Common Munitions Built-in-Test Reprogramming Equipment (CMBRE-Plus)
The AIM-9X contract includes:
  • 20 AIM 9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II All Up Round Missiles
  • 8 CATM-9X-2 Captive Air Training Missiles
  • 5 CATM-9X-2 Block II Missile Guidance units
  • 2 AIM-9X-2 Block II Tactical Guidance units
Other tools and test equipment, technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment is included.

The AIM-9X is the latest version of a long line of short-range air-to-air missiles. The Block II includes Lock-On After Launch (LOAL) capability with a datalink. The AIM-9X specifications are:
  • a length of 3 m
  • a diameter of 127 mm
  • a finspan of 280 mm
  • a weigth of 85 kg
  • a warhead of 9.4 kg
The AIM-9X is guided by an imaging infrared seeker.

The AIM-120C7 is the last version of the AMRAAM family before the introduction of the AIM-120D missile.Its specifications are:
  • a length of 3.66 m
  • a diameter of 178 mm
  • a finspan of 447 mm
  • a weight of 157 kg
  • a warhead of 18 kg
The AIM-120 is guided by an active radar seeker.

Singapore first ordered about 12 F-15SG, a variant of the F-15E Strike Eagle, which was selected over the French Dassault Rafale. It later placed additional orders to bring the total number of aircraft on order to 24.

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