The US Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a US$165 million ($256.2 million) contract for Lot 9 full-rate production (FRP) of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) – assets will include all-up round missiles and captive air training missiles for the US Navy and foreign military sales.
Northrop Grumman’s AARGM is a supersonic, air-launched tactical missile system, upgrading legacy AGM-88 HARM systems with advanced capability to perform suppression and destruction of enemy air defence missions.
Gordon Turner, vice president of advanced weapons at Northrop Grumman, said, "AARGM provides the US Navy and allies unmatched protection to detect and defeat surface-to-air-threats regardless of threat tactics and capabilities."
AARGM is the most advanced system for pilots against today’s modern surface-to-air threats. It is able to rapidly engage land- and sea-based air-defence threats, as well as striking, time-sensitive targets.
AARGM is a US Navy and Italian Air Force international co-operative major defence acquisition program, with the US Navy as the executive agent.
The AARGM platform is currently deployed and supporting operational requirements for the US Navy and US Marine Corps.
The missile is integrated into the weapons systems on the FA-18C/D Hornet, FA-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler aircraft and the Tornado electronic combat and reconnaissance aircraft utilised by the Italian Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logistics and modernisation to customers worldwide.