The U.S. Navy has awarded a US$322.5 million contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation for Engineering and Manufacturing Development for the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) programme.
“AARGM-ER extended range coupled with AARGM lethality will meet a critical defense suppression requirement while protecting our strike aviators,” said Cary Ralston, vice president, defense electronic systems, Northrop Grumman.
Based on the AARGM which is an air-launched missile with the capability to rapidly engage air-defence threats and is currently in production, the new AARGM-ER programme builds on this project.
The AARGM-ER will be integrated on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and configured for internal carriage on the F-35 Lightning II.
AARGM is currently deployed with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps on the F/A-18C/D Hornet, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft.
AARGM is also integrated on the Italian Air Force’s Tornado Electronic Combat aircraft.