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Northrop Grumman AARGM-ER Completes Fifth Successful Test

A US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet carries the AARGM-ER [US Navy photo]

Northrop Grumman’s Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range (AARGM-ER) completes fifth consecutive successful test.


Press Release, Los Angeles, 08 May 2023: Northrop Grumman Corporation announced the fifth consecutive successful flight test of the US Navy’s AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range (AARGM-ER). The missile successfully detected, identified, located and engaged an advanced, land-based, emitter target.

  • First firing overland against operationally-representative modern air defence system targets
  • AARGM-ER deliveries will begin later this year to support initial operational capability for the Navy in 2024
  • The missile is being integrated on the Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler as well as the Air Force F-35A, Marine Corps F-35B and Navy/Marine Corps F-35C.


Gordon Turner, vice president, advanced weapons, Northrop Grumman: “AARGM-ER provides the Navy with a demonstrated capability to stay ahead of adversary threats. This successful live fire continues to prove the missile’s extended range, readiness and effectiveness.”

US Navy CAPT Alex Dutko, Navy programme manager for Direct and Time Sensitive Strike (PMA-242): “AARGM-ER once again demonstrated high-speed employment of lethal effects against an air defence system target. This is another successful step in our government-industry team’s effort to deliver this critically needed capability to our warfighters.”

A US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet carries the AARGM-ER [US Navy photo]

Details on AARGM-ER:

AARGM-ER development uses digital modelling and integrated advanced AARGM sensors and electronics in a new high-performance air vehicle with upgraded propulsion and an optimised warhead. The new missile will provide the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps with a vital counter-air-defence capability that can engage advanced and long-range threats while pilots remain outside of lethal engagement ranges. The AARGM-ER government-industry team recently received the William J. Perry award, recognising their exceptional contributions to precision strike systems which strengthen national security and shapes the nation’s precision strike combat advantage.


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