Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Inc., has been awarded a contract modification, worth around $10.6 million, in support of the full rate production of Lot 8 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM).
This modification provides for conversion of government-provided AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARMs) into 4 AGM-88E AARGM all up rounds (AURs) for the Navy; and 11 AGM-88E AARGM AURs for the government of Italy, to include related supplies and services necessary for their manufacture, sparing, and fleet deployment.
Work will be performed in Northridge, California (80%); Ridgecrest, California (10%); and Sanguinetto, Italy (10%), and is expected to be completed in March 2022.
Earlier this year, Northrop Grumman was awarded a $167 million contract by the U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for Lot 8 Full Rate Production of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM).
AGM-88E AARGM is a supersonic, air-launched anti-radiation tactical missile system with capability to perform Destruction of Enemy Air Defense (DEAD) and Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) missions.
The missile is an upgrade to the older generation AGM-88B High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM).
AARGM is a U.S. Navy and Italian Air Force international cooperative acquisition program with the U.S. Navy as the executive agent. 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.