Northrop Grumman Marks Delivery of 1,000th Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile

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U.S. weapons maker Northrop Grumman Corp has deliv­ered the 1000th AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM). AARGM is a super­son­ic, air-launched tac­ti­cal mis­sile system, with the mis­sion of destroy­ing enemy air defens­es, ensur­ing free­dom of maneu­ver. AARGM is a U.S. Department of theNavy and Italian Air Force International Cooperative Program.

A cer­e­mo­ny at the Northrop Grumman pro­duc­tion facil­i­ty in Northridge, California, com­mem­o­rat­ed the occa­sion. Attendees at the event includ­ed U.S. Navy senior offi­cers, civil­ians, indus­try part­ners and past and present employ­ees work­ing on the pro­gram.

Capt. Matthew Commerford, Navy Program Manager for Direct and Time Sensitive Strike (PMA-242) stated, “As our adver­saries con­tin­ue to evolve and advance their air defense sys­tems, AARGM is essen­tial for our warfight­ers to detect and defeat the var­i­ous threats, and this achieve­ment ensures the U.S. Navy and our allies have the capa­bil­i­ty and capac­i­ty required to meet our oper­a­tional needs.”

AARGM is the most advanced weapons system deployed today deliv­er­ing destruc­tion of enemy air defense system capa­bil­i­ties. AARGM pro­vides the crit­i­cal abil­i­ty to detect and defeat sur­face-to-air-threats enabling the pen­e­tra­tion of adver­sary anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) domains required by U.S. warfight­ers and allies.

“The 1,000th deliv­ery show­cas­es the progress made by our joint team since the pro­gram began as a Small Business Innovation Research pro­gram over a decade ago,” said Gordon Turner, vice pres­i­dent, defense elec­tron­ic sys­tems, Northrop Grumman. “It is also affir­ma­tion of a con­tin­ued com­mit­ment and sus­tained invest­ment to pro­vid­ing crit­i­cal strike weapon capa­bil­i­ties and the indus­tri­al base capac­i­ty to meet future readi­ness demands.”

The AARGM pro­gram achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in July 2012, and is cur­rent­ly deployed and sup­port­ing oper­a­tional require­ments for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Italian Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force. The mis­sile is inte­grat­ed into the weapons sys­tems on the FA-18C/D Hornet, FA-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler air­craft and on the Tornado Electronic Combat and Reconnaissance (ECR) air­craft.

Photo by Greg L. Davis

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Source: Defence Blog

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