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AGM-114M Hellfire II  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2002
Total Production: ?
Unitary Cost: USD$125,000
Also Known As: AGM-114M1 and AGM-114M3
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: AGM-114 Hellfire
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 98,368
Family Members: AGM-114A Hellfire, AGM-114B Hellfire, AGM-114C Hellfire, AGM-114F Hellfire, AGM-114K Hellfire II, AGM-114KA Hellfire II, AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire, AGM-114N Hellfire II and AGM-114R Hellfire II
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Description: The AGM-114 Hellfire missile was designed to defeat armored vehicles at standoff ranges. The primary US Army platforms carrying this missile are the AH-64 Apache and AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters. However, the Hellfire missile can be launched from other helicopters and airborne platforms. In the latest models, the missile system has expanded its spectrum of targets to take out fortifications and hostile forces protected in urban terrain.

The guidance system of the Hellfire has evolved from the semi-active laser in early models to the last generation millimeter wave guidance. The AGM-114 is a precision guided, subsonic missile with a maximum range of up to 8,000 meters. The Hellfire missile saw combat for the first time during the Gulf War in 1991 (Operation Desert Storm) achieving a great victory over Iraqi armored forces. Since then, the weapon has been deployed in many conflicts by US and allied forces across the world.

The AGM-114M blast fragmentation missile is a derivative of proven semi-active laser AGM-114K Hellfire II retaining all its features excepting the high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) which has been replaced by an advanced blast fragmentation warhead in the M model. The new warhead is capable of penetrating corvettes and small frigates hulls in the presence of severe countermeasures, which makes AGM-114M a superb naval target killer. The delay fuze warhead detonates once the missile has penetrated into ship's hull maximizing blast fragmentation effects.

In addition, AGM-114M can be launched either from air (rotary-wing aircraft), sea or ground platforms making a very versatile weapon system. The weapon system is suitable for use against multiple targets and in adverse weather conditions. To date, Hellfire II M variant has been tested on Kiowa Warrior, Cobra, Apache and Seahawk helicopters, ground platforms and several prototype boats.

The AGM-114K Hellfire features electro-optical countermeasures resistance capability, better performance in presence of obscurants (smoke, dust, water vapor, sea spray), automatic target reacquisition after loss of track in low clouds, and multi-platform launching (helicopter, ground vehicle and patrol boat). Hellfire II is a reprogrammable, shipboard operations enabled and modular missile. The K model also retains the improvements applied to the F model and the optimized tandem warhead.

On January 4, 2005, Taiwan agreed to purchase around 400 AGM-114M Hellfire II missiles valued at $50 million through the foreign military sales program. This sale was considered as a significant move to deter China in launching an amphibious assault over the island.

AGM-114M Hellfire II Applications


Combat Aircraft AH-1Z Viper Support Aircraft HH-60H SH-60B Seahawk

AGM-114M Hellfire II Specifications

Dimensions
Diameter: 180 millimeter (7.09 inch)
Length: 1,630 millimeter (64 inch)
Performance
Max Range: 8,000 meter (4.32 nautical mile)
Min Range: 500 meter (0.27 nautical mile)
Weight
Weight: 48 kilogram (106 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AGM-114M Hellfire II News

There are 13 news between
4 Jan 2005 and 24 Aug 2017
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Thursday, August 24, 2017US Army Places Order for 7,358 Hellfire II Missiles
Wednesday, May 20, 2015FMS: Saudi Arabia Seeks 10 MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters
Monday, August 25, 2008US Army Contract Extends Hellfire II Production for US and International Armed Forces
Wednesday, July 30, 2008FMS: Iraq Seeks 24 Armed Helicopters and Related Munitions
Monday, October 29, 2007FMS: Israel Seeks 3,800 Missiles and 293,000 Munitions
Thursday, October 4, 2007FMS: United Arab Emirates Seeks Longbow Hellfire and Hellfire II Missiles
Tuesday, October 2, 2007Greece and the United States Sign Agreement for Additional Hellfire II Missiles
Monday, June 18, 2007France Selects Hellfire II for its HAD Tiger Attack Helicopters
Wednesday, September 27, 2006FMS: Greece Requests AGM-114K1 Hellfire II Missiles
Monday, June 12, 2006Lockheed Completes Hellfire Integration on Tiger Helicopter

Operators & Related Equipment


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Taiwan400

Grand Total 4005
 
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