Orbital ATK along with the US Navy is rolling out the Block 1 software upgrade to the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM).
Earlier this year, Orbital ATK and the US Navy completed testing, demonstrating the effectiveness of the software upgrade, the company said in a statement Monday.
AARGM is a supersonic, air-launched tactical missile system, upgrading legacy AGM-88 HARM systems with advanced capability to perform Destruction of Enemy Air Defense missions. AARGM is able to rapidly engage traditional and advanced land- and sea-based air-defense threats, as well as non-radar targets leveraging a Global Positioning System (GPS)/Inertial Navigation System (INS) guidance and millimeter wave (MMW) guidance.
AARGM is a US 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 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 and EA-18G Growler aircraft. AARGM is anticipated to achieve Initial Operational Capability on the Italian Air Force’s Tornado ECR aircraft in 2018.