Missile, Air-to-Air, AMRAAM, also Designated AIM-120A

This is the AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range, Air-to-Air Missile), also designated AIM-12A. It is used by the U.S. Navy, Air Force as well as allied forces. AMRAAM has a 30- to 40-mile range and reaches Mach 4.

The missile has an all-weather, beyond-visual-range capability and is a follow-on to the AIM-7 Sparrow missile. It is faster, yet smaller and lighter than its predecessor. The pilot is able to aim and fire several AMRAAMs simultaneously at multiple targets and the plane can undergo evasive maneuvers as the missiles guide themselves to their targets. The missile is used on F14D, F/A-18, F-15, F-16, F-4, and Britain's Tornado and Sea Harrier aircraft. This object was donated to the Smithsonian in 2003 by the U.S. Air Force.

Transferred from the United States Air Force Museum.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Raytheon Company

Date
ca. 2000

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
Boeing Aviation Hangar

Type
CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

Materials
Motor section, steel; rear fins, steel; front fins, aluminum; ring on top of guidance section, steel; warhead and upper guidance section, non-ferrous metal
Dimensions
Overall: 12ft x 7in. x 1ft 9in. (365.76 x 17.78 x 53.34cm)

This is the AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range, Air-to-Air Missile), also designated AIM-12A. It is used by the U.S. Navy, Air Force as well as allied forces. AMRAAM has a 30- to 40-mile range and reaches Mach 4.

The missile has an all-weather, beyond-visual-range capability and is a follow-on to the AIM-7 Sparrow missile. It is faster, yet smaller and lighter than its predecessor. The pilot is able to aim and fire several AMRAAMs simultaneously at multiple targets and the plane can undergo evasive maneuvers as the missiles guide themselves to their targets. The missile is used on F14D, F/A-18, F-15, F-16, F-4, and Britain's Tornado and Sea Harrier aircraft. This object was donated to the Smithsonian in 2003 by the U.S. Air Force.

Transferred from the United States Air Force Museum.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Raytheon Company

Date
ca. 2000

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
Boeing Aviation Hangar

Type
CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

Materials
Motor section, steel; rear fins, steel; front fins, aluminum; ring on top of guidance section, steel; warhead and upper guidance section, non-ferrous metal
Dimensions
Overall: 12ft x 7in. x 1ft 9in. (365.76 x 17.78 x 53.34cm)

ID: A20030008000