Raytheon completes first AMRAAM-ER Missile Flight Tests from NASAMS Air Defense System

New ground-based air defense will enable intercepts at greater ranges and higher altitudes

Issue 71 - November 2016

Raytheon Company has successfully flight-tested the newest variant of the combat proven AMRAAM missile from the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, or NASAMS, surface-based system. Featuring an enlarged rocket motor and other enhancements, AMRAAM-ER will greatly expand the NASAMS engagement envelope with a 50 percent increase in maximum range and 70 percent increase in maximum altitude.

The live-fire shot verified that the complete system – including the AMRAAM-ER missile, NASAMS missile launcher, Sentinel Radar and the Fire Distribution Center, or FDC – worked seamlessly together to engage and destroy a target drone with a live-warhead-equipped missile.