Mission

The AGM-88 HARM (high-speed antiradiation missile) is an air-to-surface tactical missile designed to seek and destroy enemy radar-equipped air defense systems.

Features

The AGM-88 can detect, attack and destroy a target with minimum aircrew input. The propor-tional guidance system that homes in on enemy radar emissions has a fixed antenna and seeker head in the missiles's nose. A smokeless, solid-propellant, dual-thrust rocket motor propels the missile.

The Air Force equipped the F-4G Wild Weasel with the AGM-88 to increase the F-4G's lethality in electronic combat. The missile works in conjunction with the APR-47 radar attack and warning system on the F-4G Wild Weasel. F-16C's also have the capability to employ the AGM-88.

Background

The AGM-88 missile was approved for full production by the Defense Systems Acquisition Review Council in March 1983. It is operationally deployed throughout the Air Force and in full production as a joint U.S. Air Force-U.S. Navy project.

General Characteristics

Primary Function: Air-to-surface anti-radiation missile

Contractor: Texas Instruments

Power Plant: Thiokol dual-thrust rocket motor

Thrust: Dual thrust

Length: 13 feet, 8 inches (4.14 meters)

Launch Weight: 800 pounds (360 kilograms)

Diameter: 10 inches (25.40 centimeters)

Wingspan: 3 feet, 8 inches (101.60 centimeters)

Range: 30 plus miles (48 plus kilometers)

Speed: Supersonic

Aircraft: Used aboard F-4G's and F-16C's

Guidance System: Proportional

Warheads: High explosive

Unit Cost: $269,000

Date Deployed: 1984.

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