Northrop Grumman Awarded $322.5M U.S. Navy EMD Contract for Extended Range Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM-ER)

Northrop Grumman has received a $322.5 million Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract from the U.S. Navy for the AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER).

AGM-88E AARGM is an extended range variant of the AGM-88E AARGM. The AARGM, currently in Full Rate Production (FRP), is a supersonic, air-launched tactical missile system that upgrades legacy AGM-88 High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) systems with advanced capability to perform Destruction of Enemy Air Defense (DEAD) and Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) missions.

AARGM is currently deployed with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps on the F/A-18C/D Hornet, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft. AARGM is also integrated on the Italian Air Force’s Tornado Electronic Combat aircraft.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet fires an AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM).

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 AARGM-ER will be integrated on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and configured for internal carriage on the F-35 Lightning II.

Rendering of an AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER). Northrop Grumman Photo.

“AARGM-ER extended range coupled with AARGM lethality will meet a critical defense suppression requirement while protecting our strike aviators,” said Cary Ralston, Vice President – Defense Electronic Systems at Northrop Grumman.

The developmental contract for the AARGM-ER upgrade was awarded to Orbital ATK in January last year. Orbital ATK was acquired by Northrop Grumman.

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