US Navy first live tested AGM-88G Extended Range Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM-ER), manufacturer Northrop Grumman revealed in a report.
The missile was fired from an F / A-18 Super Hornet aircraft at the Point Mugu Sea Range off the coast of southern California on July 19.
“The AARGM-ER was successfully launched from the F / A-18 aircraft and achieved the key test objectives of a first missile live fire event,” said the captain of the program manager of the Navy. AC “Count” Dutko noted.
“The government and industry team were very focused and were able to organize this test event three months earlier than originally planned. “
Improved propulsion and warhead
The missile builds on its predecessor, the AARGM, offering a technological upgrade, Northrop Grumman said. The earlier manufacturer revealed that the improved missile would have a new rocket motor and a new warhead.
The AARGM-ER successfully passed a critical design review last year following “successful design verification testing of key components”.
The projectile successfully demonstrated its propulsion and warhead capability during design verification tests.
Northrop Grumman was awarded a $ 165 million contract in March last year for full-capacity production of AARGM.
The AARGM is a supersonic air-launched tactical missile system, an upgrade from the AGM-88 HARM (Anti-Ground High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile) in service since 1985.
“AARGM provides the critical capability to detect and defeat surface-to-air threats allowing the penetration of Adversary Area Anti-Access / Denial (A2 / AD) domains required by US fighters and allies,” Northrop Grumman declared.
The missile is deployed on the Navy’s two F / A-18s – the F / A-18E / F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler – and the US Air Force F-35A, Marine Corps F-35B and Navy and Marine Corps F-35C.