Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC (ATK), an entirely owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Protection Programs Inc., Northridge, California, is awarded a $35,587,641 modification to a beforehand awarded firm-fixed-price contract. This modification workouts an possibility to acquire full price manufacturing Lot 11 of the AGM-88E2 Superior Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM), to incorporate the manufacturing and supply of AGM-88E2 AARGM All Up Spherical (AUR) tactical missiles; AGM-88E AARGM Captive Air Coaching Missiles (CATMs); AARGM steering sections; AARGM management sections; Excessive-Pace Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM) rocket motors; HARM warheads; HARM management sections; HARM G-Code AURs; HARM G-Code CATMs; and M-Code World Positioning System receivers, in addition to related check gear, containers, spare and restore components, software program, and logistical and program assist for the federal government of Australia.

AGM-88E Superior Antiradiation Guided Missile (AARGM)

The AGM-88 HARM (Excessive-speed Anti-Radiation Missile) is a tactical, air-to-surface anti-radiation missile designed to house in on digital transmissions coming from surface-to-air radar methods. It was initially developed by Texas Devices as a alternative for the AGM-45 Shrike and AGM-78 Customary ARM system. A more moderen improve, the AGM-88E Superior Antiradiation Guided Missile (AARGM), options the newest software program, enhanced capabilities meant to counter enemy radar shutdown, and passive radar utilizing a further energetic millimeter-wave seeker. It was launched in November 2010, and it’s a three way partnership by the US Division of Protection and the Italian Ministry of Protection. The U.S. Naval Air Programs Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting exercise. The Italian Air Pressure was anticipated to purchase as much as 250 missiles for its Twister ECR plane.


An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 conducts a captive carry flight test of an AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. (U.S. Navy photo by: Greg L. Davis)
AGM-88E Superior Antiradiation Guided Missile (AARGM)

In September 2013, ATK delivered the one centesimal AARGM to the U.S. Navy. The AGM-88E program is on schedule and on price range, with Full Operational Functionality (FOC) deliberate for September 2014. The AGM-88E was designed to enhance the effectiveness of legacy HARM variants in opposition to fastened and relocatable radar and communications websites, significantly those who would shut right down to throw off anti-radiation missiles, by attaching a brand new seeker to the prevailing Mach 2-capable rocket motor and warhead part, including a passive anti-radiation homing receiver, satellite tv for pc and inertial navigation system, a millimeter-wave radar for terminal steering, and the power to beam up pictures of the goal through a satellite tv for pc hyperlink simply seconds earlier than impression. This mannequin of the HARM will likely be built-in onto the F/A-18C/D/E/F, EA-18G, Twister ECR plane, and in a while the F-35 (externally).

AGM-88E Advanced Antiradiation Guided Missile (AARGM)
AGM-88E Superior Antiradiation Guided Missile (AARGM)

Royal Australian Air Pressure appears to be progressing the acquisition of warstocks of anti-radiation missiles for the RAAF’s 12 EA-18G Growler digital assault plane after the US Division of State authorized a US$137.6 million sale of HARM and AARGM missiles. On 28 April 2017, the U.S. Protection Safety Cooperation Company (DSCA) acknowledged on April 28 that Australia has requested the potential sale below the Overseas Navy Gross sales (FMS) program of as much as 70 AGM-88B Excessive-Pace Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) and as much as 40 AGM-88E Superior Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) tactical missiles. As well as the DSCA discover lists the potential acquisition of “as much as 16 CATM-88B HARM Captive Air Coaching Missiles (CATM); as much as 16 CATM-88E AARGM CATM; as much as 25 AGM-88B management sections; as much as 25 AGM-88B steering sections; as much as 20 AGM-88E management sections; as much as 20 AGM-88E steering sections; as much as 48 telemetry/flight termination methods.