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The AGM-88 HARM (High-speed AntiRadiation Missile) is an air-to-surface tactical missile designed to seek and destroy enemy radar-equipped air defense systems.
The AGM-88 can detect, attack and destroy a target with minimum aircrew input. The proportional guidance system that homes in on enemy radar emissions has a fixed antenna and seeker head in the missile nose. A smokeless, solid-propellant, dual-thrust rocket motor propels the missile. The F-16C has the capability to employ the AGM-88, and is the only aircraft in the current inventory to use the AGM-88.
The AGM-88 missile was approved for full production by the Defense Systems Acquisition Review Council in March 1983.
The Air Force equipped the F-4G Wild Weasel with the AGM-88 to increase the F-4G's lethality in electronic combat. The missile worked with the APR-47 radar attack and warning system on the aircraft.
The missile is operationally deployed throughout the Air Force and in full production as a joint U.S. Air Force-U.S. Navy project.

General characteristics

Primary function Air-to-surface anti-radiation missile
Contractor Texas Instruments
Power plant Thiokol dual-thrust rocket motor
Length 13 ft 8 in 4.14 m
Launch weight 800 lb 363 kg
Diameter 10 in 25.4 cm
Wingspan 3 ft 8 in 101.6 cm
Range 30 miles 48 km
Speed Supersonic
Aircraft F-16C, F/A-18C
Warhead High explosive
Unit cost $200,000
Date deployed 1984

Jirka Wagner


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