Major Upgrades to AARGM Missile to Address Future Surface-to-Air
AARGM-ER to be Compatible with Multiple Aircraft, Including F-35
DULLES, Va.Jan. 24, 2018--
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, was awarded a developmental contract by the U.S. Navy for
the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER)
upgrade. The contract will mature the AARGM-ER configuration resulting
in a preliminary design prior to entry into the Engineering and
Manufacturing Development phase.
The AGM-88E AARGM, currently in Full Rate Production, is a supersonic,
air-launched tactical missile system that upgrades legacy AGM-88 High
Speed Anti-Radiation Missile systems with advanced capability to perform
Destruction of Enemy Air Defense missions. The AARGM-ER incorporates
additional upgrades to improve operational capability including extended
range and survivability. The AARGM-ER integrates existing AGM-88E AARGM
sensors and electronics with an upgraded rocket motor and tail control
system. The AARGM-ER will be compatible with the F/A-18E/F, EA-18G and
F-35 with internal weapon s bay-carriage.
This contract is a major step in Orbital ATK s ongoing commitment to
advancing AARGM s counter-air defense capability for the U.S. Navy,
said Cary Ralston, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK s
Defense Electronic Systems division of the Defense Systems Group. We
are committed to increasing the effectiveness of the warfighter to
suppress and destroy enemy air defense threats while remaining safe.
The AGM-88E AARGM is currently deployed and supporting operational
requirements for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. The missile is
employed on the F/A-18C/D Hornet, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G
Work for the AARGM-ER contract will be performed at Orbital ATK s
facilities in Northridge and Ridgecrest, California.
Orbital ATK s Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing
innovative and affordable precision and strike weapons, advanced
propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea-
and land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.
About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.
The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation
systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and
merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related
propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense
electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition;
satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced
aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK
employs approximately 13,000 people across the U.S. and in several
international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK
Nathan Drevna, 410-864-4932
Systems Group Communications
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