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Definition/Scope: The AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile, or AMRAAM (pronounced am-ram), is a modern Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile (AAM) capable of all weather day and night performance. The AMRAAM program improves the aerial combat capabilities of U.S. and allied aircraft to meet current and future threats of enemy air-to-air weapons. AMRAAM serves as a follow-on to the AIM-7 Sparrow missile series. The new missile is faster, smaller, and lighter, and has improved capabilities against low-altitude targets. The AIM-120 incorporates an active radar in conjunction with an inertial reference unit and microcomputer system, which makes the missile less dependent on the fire-control system of the launching aircraft. Once the missile closes in on the target, its active radar guides it to an intercept. AMRAAM-equipped fighters can attack several targets simultaneously.

Used For:

high explosive missile
Movement and Maneuver WFF

Broader Terms:

air-to-air weapon
AV-8 Harrier
Beyond Visual Range
Electronic Counter-CounterMeasures

Narrower Terms:

high explosive missile

Related Terms:

AIM-7 Sparrow
attack aircraft
Beyond Visual Range
F-15 Strike Eagle
F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-22A Raptor
F/A-18 Hornet

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