Chile – AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM Missiles

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WASHINGTON, November 12, 2009 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Nov. 10 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Chile of 100 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles and associated parts, equipment and logistical support worth approximately $145 million.

The Government of Chile has requested a possible sale of 100 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), containers, warranty, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $145 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in South America.

Chile intends to use these missiles to improve its capability to meet current and future threats of enemy air-to-air weapons. This will contribute to the Chilean military’s goal to update its capability while further enhancing greater interoperability between Chile, the U.S., and other allies. Chile, which already has AMRAAM missiles in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be the Raytheon Corporation in Tucson, Arizona. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Chile.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.