The AGM-130A is a powered air-to-surface missile designed for high- and low-altitude
strikes at standoff ranges against a variety of targets.
Carrying forward the modular concept of the GBU-15
guided weapon system, the AGM-130A employs a rocket motor for extended range and an
altimeter for altitude control. The AGM-130A will provide a significantly increased
standoff range beyond that of the GBU-15.
The AGM-130A is equipped with either a television or an imaging infrared seeker and data
link. The seeker provides the launch aircraft a visual presentation of the target as seen
from the weapon. During free flight this presentation is transmitted by the AXQ-14
data-link system to the aircraft cockpit monitor.
The seeker can be either locked onto the target before or after launch for automatic
weapon guidance, or it can be manually steered by the weapon systems officer. Manual
steering is performed through the two-way data link.
The AGM-130A is designed to be used with F-15E
aircraft. Development of the AGM-130A began in 1984 as a product improvement of the GBU-15
guided glide bomb.
For the primary mode of operation, the aircraft flies to a pre-briefed launch position.
Survivability of aircraft and crew is enhanced by launching the weapon at low altitude and
significant standoff range, thus avoiding detection by enemy air defenses. After launch,
the weapon flies through glide-powered-glide phases toward the target area with midcourse
guidance updates provided by global positioning system (GPS) navigational information or
through the data link.
Upon termination of the powered flight phase the rocket motor is ejected. As the target
comes into view, the weapon systems officer has dual flexibility in guiding the weapon via
the data link. For automatic terminal homing, the guidance tracker is locked on target but
can be manually updated for precision bombing. When total manual guidance is used, the
operator manually guides the weapon to the target aimpoint. For those aircraft not
equipped with a data-link pod, the weapon may be launched in the direct attack mode.
The first unit was operational in 1994.
||Air-to-surface guided and powered bomb
||Rockwell International Corp.
||12 ft 10.5 in
||television or imaging infrared seeker
||Less than $300,000 per missile
||The missile is in production. When in the inventory the number
will be classified. Current total projected weapon procurement is approximately 600
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