This was on Flight International site. So, this missile will cost 2 million quid a pop? Surely, advanced AMRAAM would have been way, way cheaper. Where's the super-advanced air threat that needs a missile better than AMRAAM? And this, my friends, is smart procurement....... No wonder they wanted Sea Harrier binned - a fighter that carried AMRAAM and had a superb radar for years before Eurotrash flew. According to the report, assessment work has "concluded that Typhoon's existing [Raytheon AIM-120] Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile would provide sufficient capability out to 2015," and adds that this is now "the earliest point at which the Department now expects to need the capability". Development work on the long-range weapon will conclude by August 2012, however. In addition to the delay, a decision to also cut the UK's planned purchase of Meteor weapons to the minimum contractual level possible has resulted in a doubling of the weapon's original expected unit cost, to Â£2 million. The NAO report also reveals an in-year slippage of six months to the planned in-service date for the British Army's Watchkeeper unmanned air vehicle system (below), citing "a delay in the availability of a suitable trials site". However, the system is still expected to enter service in December 2010, earlier than its original programme target.