Raytheon Unveils Improved AIM-120 AMRAAM
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06/09/00 10:33:33 AM U.S. EDT
BERLIN--Raytheon has unveiled an improved version of the AIM-120C (pictured) medium-range air-to-air missile, the AIM-120C5, which has been cleared for export to all “U.S. allies and security partners.”
The C5 features an extended ‘Plus 5’ rocket motor, an improved blast/fragmentation warhead and the clipped fins adopted for internal carriage on the F-22 and future JSF. The new motor is faster than existing rockets, thus extending the launch aircraft’s survivability and effective reach.
The improved, 5-in.-longer rocket has been accommodated through a redesign and reduction of the fin actuator unit so the C5 version retains the same external dimensions and weight and balance, as all other AMRAAMs.