Counter-Air AMRAAM Improvement Program
The Counter-Air Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) Improvements Future Naval Capability (FNC) program is developing a missile propulsion system with substantially improved kinematic capabilities for the AIM-120D AMRAAM. To achieve this, the FNC is developing and integrating four advanced technologies: high-energy propellants; highly loaded grain design; high-stiffness/pressure, high-temperature capable composite case; and low-erosion nozzles. Many technologies being matured in this FNC are the fruits of Office of Naval Research investment in a joint-service propulsion program known as Integrated High-Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology.
The kinematic performance enhancements are focused on extended range and decreased time to target. By improving the kinematic performance of existing air-to-air weapon systems like the AIM-120D AMRAAM, this program will ensure the U.S. warfighter maintains the tactical edge in air-to-air engagements against any peer competitor. The highly-loaded grain and composite case features also improve the missile’s insensitive munitions characteristics.
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