U.S. Navy Test-Fires Anti-Radiation Missile

The U.S. Navy successfully launched the Northrop Grumman AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range missile to demonstrate the long range capability of this new design By DA Reporter / 11 Aug 2021

The U.S. Navy, in collaboration with Northrop Grumman, completed the first live fire of the AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-ER) at the Point Mugu Sea Range in southern California. 

Launched from an F/A-18F Super Hornet multirole combat aircraft, the Flight Test Vehicle (FTV) event successfully demonstrated the long range capability of the new missile design.

“The AARGM-ER was successfully launched from the F/A-18 aircraft and met the key test objectives of a first missile live fire event,” said Captain A.C. Dutko, Navy Program Manager for Direct Time Sensitive Strike (PMA-242).

“The government and industry team had great focus and was able to conduct this test event three months earlier than originally envisioned.”

AARGM-ER leverages AARGM with significant improvements in some technology areas.

AARGM-ER is set to be integrated on the Boeing-built F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft as well as the U.S. Air Force ’s Lockheed Martin-built F-35A, Marine Corps F-35B, and Navy and Marine Corps F-35C aircraft.

“Throughout the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase, Northrop Grumman has demonstrated the ability to deliver this affordable, time-critical capability that will protect and enhance the capability of our U.S. Navy aircrew,” said Gordon Turner, vice president, advanced weapons, Northrop Grumman. 

“Congratulations to the collective Government-Industry team for another successful milestone bringing AARGM-ER one step closer to operational fielding.”

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