Raytheon has completed over 1.7K wind tunnel tests of the extended-range variant of the ground-launched AMRAAM air-to-air missile built to intercept targets at longer ranges and higher altitudes.
The company said Monday the completion of the tests marks a step in the qualification of the AMRAAM-ER missile for incorporation into the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System.
NASAMS is a short- and medium-range air defense platform developed by Raytheon and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and works to detect and target hostile aircraft, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Kim Ernzen, vice president for Raytheon's air warfare systems, said the company put the missile through a series of flight conditions to assess its performance on the battlefield as Raytheon works to meet clients' ground-based air defense needs.
Engineers at Raytheon will study wind tunnel test data to evaluate and update the missile's aerodynamic models.