The State Department has approved Australia’s request to purchaseÂ $1.22 billion inÂ Raytheon-made (NYSE:RTN)Â AIM-120D medium-range air-to-air missiles andÂ related equipment under a foreign military sales agreement with the U.S. government.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Monday Australia orderedÂ 450 AIM-120D missiles, Â 34 AIM-120D air vehicles instrumented, sixÂ instrumented test vehicles andÂ 10 spare AIM-120 guidance sections to support that country’s fleet ofÂ F/A-18, E/A-18G and F-35 aircraft.
Australia plans to buyÂ $1.08 billion inÂ major defense equipment with the remaining $140 million set aside for support equipment and services, DSCA said.
DSCA cited the Australian air force’s goals for a greater air-to-air intercept posture and increased interoperability with U.S. armed forces as factors in the FMS agreement.
The agency also said the U.S. government sought to help Australia build up its defenses as a major partner in the Asia-Pacific region.