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AGM-88E AARGM  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): July 2012
Total Production: 2,169
Unitary Cost: USD$994,000
Total Cost: USD$1.9 billion
Also Known As: Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile and HDAM
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: ATK Alliant Techsystems
Parent System: AGM-88 HARM
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982
Total Production: 22,969
Total Cost: USD$5.7 billion
Family Members: AGM-88A HARM, AGM-88B HARM, AGM-88C HARM, AGM-88D HARM and AGM-88F HCSM
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Description: The AGM-88 HARM (High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile) is an air-to-surface supersonic, long range missile designed to seek out and destroy enemy radar systems. It was designed as an advanced follow on to Standard ARM and Shrike anti-radiation missiles. The HARM's guidance package, with full frequency coverage, is locked on enemy's radar systems emissions following them through radar site. Radar systems physical destruction is achieved through a single blast fragmentation warhead. The first combat use of AGM-88 missiles was in Libya in 1986. During the gulf war in 1991, more than 2,000 HARMs were fired against Iraq's radar systems becoming the weapon of choice in the suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD). The HARM missile can be released from many aircraft. The F-16C is the only HARM-capable aircraft of the US Air Force.

The HARM missile can operate in three modes: pre-emptive, missile-as-a-sensor and self-protect. In the pre-emptive mode the missile is fired before locking on the potential threat. Targeting is provided through pre-flight planning or cued via aircraft's sensors. The missile-as-a-sensor mode allows aircraft to use externally attached HARM missiles as a sensor (using its seeker) to locate radar emissions. Self-protect mode means the missile is fired to destroy threatening radar emissions. The scope of capabilities of the HARM missile family expands from the basic AGM-88A introduced in 1982 to the latest AGM-88F planned for 2015-2016. More than 23,000 AGM-88 missiles have been produced or are under contract to date with more than 4,000 employed in combat.

The AARGM (Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile) will feature the latest software (software seems to be the cornerstone of the HARM missile) and enhanced capabilities. The AARGM is intended to counter radar shutdown. A passive radar and an active millimeter wave seekers will be installed on the AARGM. In June 2003, ATK won a $223 million contract for the development of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM). The whole program was valued at $1.55 billion ($1.69 billion Sept 2007 estimate).

In November 2005 the Italian Ministry of Defense and the US Department of Defense signed a Memorandum of Agreement on the joint development of the AGM-88E AARGM missile. Italy was providing $20 million of developmental funding as well as several millions worth material, equipment and related services. The Italian Air Force was expected to procure up to 250 missiles for its Tornado ECR aircraft. Thus flight test program was set to integrate the AARGM onto Tornado ECR's weapon system.

AGM-88E AARGM Applications


Combat Aircraft EA-18G Growler F/A-18C Hornet F/A-18D Hornet F/A-18E Super Hornet F/A-18F Super Hornet Tornado ECR Tornado IDS

AGM-88E AARGM Specifications

Dimensions
Diameter: 250 millimeter (9.84 inch)
Length: 4.17 meter (164 inch)
Wingspan: 1.13 meter
Performance
Max Range: 105 kilometer (57 nautical mile)
Speed
Top Speed: 630 mps (2,269 kph)
Weight
Warhead: 68 kilogram (150 pound)
Weight: 360 kilogram (794 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AGM-88E AARGM News

There are 32 news between
16 Nov 2005 and 31 Aug 2017
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Thursday, August 31, 2017US Navy Orders 230 Lot 6 AGM-88E AARGM Anti-Radition Missiles
Tuesday, June 6, 2017US Navy Takes Delivery of 500th AARM Missile
Friday, April 28, 2017FMS: Australia Requests Sale of 70 AGM-88B and 40 AGM-88E Anti-Radiation Missiles
Monday, November 30, 2015AGM-88E AARGM Block 1 Missile Scores Direct Hit
Wednesday, September 23, 2015AARGM Missile Scores Direct Hit Against Mobile Ship Target
Thursday, September 3, 2015US Navy Awards AGM-88E AARGM Lot 4 Production Contract for 142 Missiles
Monday, June 22, 2015FMS: Australia Seeks 30 AGM-88B and AGM-88E High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles
Tuesday, September 17, 2013ATK Delivers 100th AARGM Production Missile
Thursday, May 9, 2013Italian Air Force Takes Delivery of First Upgraded Tornado ECR Aircraft
Monday, March 11, 2013Italian Air Force to Upgrade its Tornado Strike Aircraft Fleet

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Italy250
United States of America1,919
YearHoldings
Aug 2013100

Grand Total 2,1694
 
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