Harpoon Block II
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: AGM-84L, RGM-84L and UGM-84L
Origin: United States of America
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Description: The Harpoon is an all weather, subsonic, over the horizon, anti-ship missile which can be launch from surface ships, submarines and aircraft. The Harpoon Block II is the latest version of the Harpoon missile and is able to strike land-based targets and ships in littoral environments. The Block II incorporated the GPS/INS guidance system of the JDAM bombs and the mission computer, software, and GPS antenna employed by the SLAM ER missile.
The Harpoon Block II missile can discriminate target ships from islands and other nearby land masses. The Block II is fully compatible with current operating Harpoon platforms with no modifications required. Boeing offers the Block II as an upgrade kit for existing Harpoon missiles.
The Harpoon Block II upgrade kit was initially ordered by Denmark. In February 2004, the Australian Minister of Defense Robert Hill announced acquisition of Harpoon Block II retrofit kits worth $20 million.
In November 2005 Boeing was awarded a $62.5 million contract for delivery of Harpoon Block II and related materiel for Pakistan, Japan, and Australia. The order included a $61.7 million contract for delivery of 40 tactical Block II AirLaunch All-Up-Round (AUR) missiles and 10 tactical Block II Grade B AUR missiles for the Government of Pakistan.
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