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Today the U.S. Navy has awarded a $167 million firm-fixed-price contract for 263 full-rate production Lot 8 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGM) to Alliant Techsystems Operations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman. Within this contract existing AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles will be conversed 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.

AGM-88E is a supersonic, medium-range, air-launched tactical missile and – according to the company – compatible with U.S. and allied strike aircraft, including all variants of the F/A-18, Tornado, EA-18G, F-16, EA-6B, and F-35 (external). The new capabilities of the upgraded missile include: Anti-radar strike with advanced signal processing and vastly improved frequency coverage, detection range and field of view; time-critical, standoff strike with supersonic GPS/INS point-to-point or point-to-MMW-terminal guidance; missile-impact zone control to prevent collateral damage through tightly coupled, Digital Terrain Elevation Database-aided GPS/INS; counter-emitter shutdown through active MMW-radar terminal guidance; and WIA transmission prior-to-impact for bomb damage assessment.

Work is expected to be completed in March 2022.

Dorothee Frank