The US Navy and Northrop Grumman have carried out another flight test of the AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range (AARGM-ER), which saw the missile hit an operationally-representative, moving maritime target.
The fourth successful flight test was carried out from an F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft on November 30 at the Point Mugu Sea Range off the coast of southern California.
This is the latest in a series of development test events that will ensure AARGM-ER can meet required objectives. The navy plans to continue trials in preparation for initial operational capability in fiscal year 2023.
“AARGM-ER’s performance during testing continues to validate the missile’s ability to detect, identify, locate and effectively engage critical air-defense targets from an extended range,” said CAPT. Alex Dutko, Navy Program Manager for Direct and Time Sensitive Strike (PMA-242). “This test proved the systems’ ability to engage moving maritime targets, a vital capability supporting our Navy’s ability to control sea lanes during conflict. Congratulations to the government/industry team for their continual focus on delivering this crucial capability to our warfighters.”
Northrop Grumman is currently under contract to deliver production units of AARGM-ER and has received a low-rate initial production contract for the first and second lots of AARGM-ER.
AARGM-ER leverages existing AARGM sensors, electronics and digital models with the addition of a new high-performance air vehicle, solid rocket motor and advanced warhead to provide vital counter-air-defense capability for US Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps warfighters.
“The necessity for a reliable, standoff, survivable weapon continues to grow as our adversaries’ threat systems become longer range and more lethal,” said Gordon Turner, vice president, advanced weapons, Northrop Grumman. “AARGM-ER continues to demonstrate the ability to affordably meet mission requirements and safeguard those protecting our country.”
AARGM-ER is being integrated on the Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft as well as the F-35 aircraft.