Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Northrop Grumman completes fifth successful test of its anti-aircraft smashing missile

Northrop Grumman has announced the completion of the fifth consecutive successful flight test of the U.S. Navy’s AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range (AARGM-ER). According to the company, the missile successfully detected, identified, located and engaged an advanced, land-based emitter target.

The U.S. Navy’s next-generation AARGM Extended Range (AARGM-ER) program from Northrop Grumman will offer the increased capability to detect and engage long-range adversary air defense systems. It uses digital modeling and integrated advanced AARGM sensors and electronics in a new high-performance air vehicle with upgraded propulsion and an optimized warhead.

The new missile will provide the Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps with a vital counter-air-defense capability that can engage advanced and long-range threats while pilots remain outside of lethal engagement ranges.

The AARGM-ER government-industry team recently received the William J. Perry award, recognizing their exceptional contributions to precision strike systems which strengthen national security and shape the nation’s precision strike combat advantage.

“AARGM-ER provides the Navy with a demonstrated capability to stay ahead of adversary threats. This successful live fire continues to prove the missile’s extended range, readiness, and effectiveness,” said Gordon Turner, vice president of advanced weapons at Northrop Grumman.

U.S. Navy CAPT Alex Dutko, Navy program manager for Direct and Time Sensitive Strike (PMA-242): “AARGM-ER once again demonstrated high-speed employment of lethal effects against an air defense system target. This is another successful step in our government-industry team’s effort to deliver this critically needed capability to our warfighters.”

AARGM-ER deliveries will begin later this year to support initial operational capability for the Navy in 2024. The missile is being integrated on the Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler, as well as the Air Force F-35A, Marine Corps F-35B, and Navy/Marine Corps F-35C.