Navy Orders 253 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has ordered a full-rate production lot of 253 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGMs) for itself and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the Defense Department said in a May 30 release.
Orbital ATK Inc.’s Defense Electronic Systems sector was awarded a $171.2 million contract modification from Naval Air Systems Command for an option to convert 271 Navy-provided AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles into 253 Navy AGM-88E AARGM all-up-rounds (AURs), eight Captive Air Training Missiles and 10 AGM-88E AARGM AURs for Foreign Military Sales.
The option also involves procuring related supplies and services necessary for AARGM manufacture, sparing and fleet deployment to include AUR kits as well as guidance and control section spares.
The AARGM is used by U.S. Navy and RAAF EA-18G and F/A-18 aircraft and the Italian Air Force’s Toronado aircraft to neutralize or destroy enemy air defenses, especially surface-to-air-missile sites.