Orbital ATK to Convert Italian Order of AGM-88B HARM into AGM-88E AARGM

Orbital ATK has been awarded a modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise an option for the conversion of full-rate production (FRP) of Lot 6 AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM) ordered by Italy into 25 AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) All-Up-Rounds.

The value of the contract, awarded by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, Maryland, is around $18.2 million.

The contract also includes related supplies and services necessary for the manufacture, sparing, and fleet deployment of AGM-88E AARGM in support of the government of Italy.

The contract work will be performed at Northridge, California (80 percent); Ridgecrest, California (10 percent); and Istrana, Italy (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2019.

According to a statement from U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), foreign military sales (FMS) funds in the amount of around $18.3 million will be obligated at time of award; all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.


The AGM-88E AARGM is a tactical, air-to-surface missile (ASM) designed to home in on electronic transmissions coming from surface-to-air radar systems.

It is the newest upgrade of the AGM-88 HARM Anti-Radiation Missile (ARM).

In November 2005, the Italian Ministry of Defense and the U.S. DoD signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) on the joint development of the AGM-88E AARGM missile. Italy was providing $20 million of developmental funding as well as several millions worth of material, equipment and related services.

The missile features the latest software, enhanced capabilities intended to counter radar shutdown and passive radar using an additional active millimeter wave seeker.

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