Northrop Grumman to develop new missile for destroying enemy air defenses

U.S. weapons maker Northrop Grumman Corp. is developing an advanced weapon system for engaging and destroying enemy air defenses and time-critical, mobile targets.

The Pentagon announced Thursday that Northrop Grumman Corp. it had got a $322,5 million order for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the AGM-88G, Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER).

The EMD effort includes the design, integration and test of a new solid rocket motor for the AARGM-ER for use on the F/A-18E/F, EA-18G and F-35A/C aircraft platforms.

A statement from the U.S. Department of Defense claims that the work is expected to be completed in December 2023.

The missile offers extended-range engagement, as well as organic, in-cockpit emitter targeting capability and situational awareness.

New capabilities for the warfighter include:

  • Anti-radar strike with advanced signal processing and vastly improved frequency coverage, detection range and field of view
  • Time-critical, standoff strike with supersonic GPS/INS point-to-point or point-to-MMW-terminal guidance
  • Missile-impact zone control to prevent collateral damage through tightly coupled, Digital Terrain Elevation Database-aided GPS/INS
  • Counter-emitter shutdown through active MMW-radar terminal guidance
  • WIA transmission prior-to-impact for bomb damage assessment

The AARGM-ER incorporates additional upgrades to improve operational capability including extended range and survivability. The AARGM-ER integrates existing AGM-88E AARGM sensors and electronics with an upgraded rocket motor and tail control system.

The AGM-88E AARGM is currently deployed and supporting operational requirements for the US Navy and US Marine Corps. The missile is employed on the F/A-18C/D Hornet, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft.

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