AMRAAM Missile


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

AMRAAM Missile

Collection Item Summary:

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.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Credit Line

Transferred from the United States Air Force Museum.


Motor section, steel; rear fins, steel; front fins, aluminum; ring on top of guidance section, steel; warhead and upper guidance section, non-ferrous metal


Overall: 12ft x 7in. x 1ft 9in. (365.76 x 17.78 x 53.34cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America


ca. 2000


CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

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