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11:18 AM, July 30, 2019
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AGM-88E advanced anti-radiation guided missile (AARGM)

Alliant Techsystems Operations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman has won a $167.4 million contract to manufacture 263 full-rate production Lot 8 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGM) for the US government.

The AARGM is a supersonic, medium-range, air-launched tactical missile compatible with US and allied strike aircraft, including all variants of the F/A-18, Tornado, EA-18G, F-16, EA-6B, and F-35 (external).

This contract provides for conversion of US government-provided AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM) into 260 AGM-88E AARGM all-up-rounds and 3 Captive Air Training Missiles, including supplies and services required for manufacture, spares, and fleet deployment, the US Department of Defense said in a statement Monday.

The AARGM features an advanced, digital, anti-radiation homing sensor, millimeter wave (MMW) radar terminal seeker, Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS) guidance, net-centric connectivity, and Weapon Impact Assessment transmit (WIA). Missile Impact Transmitter capability is available for approved customers. The missile offers extended-range engagement, as well as organic, in-cockpit emitter targeting capability and situational awareness.

Work is expected to be completed in March 2022.

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