U.S. Approves Sale of AGM-88E AARGM Anti-Radiation Missiles to Germany

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of up to 99 AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGM) to Germany through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on June 28.

The sales package include 91 AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) Tactical Missiles, and up to eight AGM-88E AARGM Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM) for an estimated cost of $122.86 million. Also included are up to six (6) telemetry/flight termination systems, Flight Data Recorders (FDR), U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services and miscellaneous support equipment, and other related elements of logistical and program support.

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) is acting as Germany’s agent for the procurement.

AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (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. It is an upgrade to the older generation AGM-88B High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM), which Germany first purchased in 1988.

The AGM-88E AARGMs in this case will be manufactured using a mixture of new components and older sections from Germany’s existing stock of AGM-88Bs provided as Government Furnished Equipment (GFE).

Germany has requested that the NSPA act as its agent for the FMS procurement and case management to support the AARGM program. The principal U.S. contractor will be NGIS, Ridgecrest, CA. The integration efforts will be via a Direct Commercial Sale (DCS), initiated by the Luftwaffe, between the Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) and the AARGM Original Equipment Manufacturer, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, formerly known as Orbital ATK (OA).

The AARGM missile is a U.S. Navy and Italian Air Force international cooperative major acquisition program with the U.S. Navy as the executive agent. AARGM is currently deployed and supporting operational requirements for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). The missile is integrated into the weapons systems on the FA-18C/D Hornet, FA-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft.

Last year, the Italian Air Force (ItAF) completed operational testing of AARGM on their Tornado Electronic Combat and Reconnaissance (ECR) aircraft.

Italian Air Force Tornado ECR - AARGM
Italian Air Force Tornado Electronic Combat and Reconnaissance (ECR) aircraft armed with AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM). Source: Italian Air Force

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