State Dept. approves possible AMRAAM sale to Norway
WASHINGTON. The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of 60 AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs), plus guidance-section spares, to the government of Norway.
If approved by Congress, the sale will be worth an estimated $170 million.
The prime contractor for the deal will be Raytheon Missile Systems (Tucson, Arizona).
State Department officials say that the proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the U.S. by improving the security of Norway, which is a NATO ally that continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe. They add that the proposed sale will improve Norway’s capabilities for mutual defense, regional security, force modernization, and U.S. and NATO interoperability and will enhance the Royal Norwegian air force’s ability to defend Norway against future threats and contribute to current and future NATO operations.