Boeing to Provide US Navy, Nine Allies With Harpoon Missile Spares
Boeing has received a $12.3 million US Navy contract to provide stand-off attack missiles for the US Navy, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Malaysia, Canada and India, the US Department of Defense announced.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The spares are also being sold to Saudi Arabia, Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Turkey, India, Taiwan and Thailand, the Defense Department explained.
“The Boeing Company [of] St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $12.3 million… contract for the procurement of spares in support of Harpoon and Stand-Off Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) for the Navy,” the announcement stated on Monday.
The missiles are being sold to the US allies under the Foreign Military Sales program, the announcement added.
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AGM-84 Harpoon, SLAM, SLAM-ER
The Harpoon missile provides the Navy and the Air Force with a common missile for air, ship, and submarine launches. The weapon system uses mid-course guidance with a radar seeker to attack surface ships. Its low-level, sea-skimming cruise trajectory, active radar guidance and warhead design assure high survivability and effectiveness. The Harpoon missile and its launch control equipment provide the warfighter capability to interdict ships at ranges well beyond those of other aircraft.
The Harpoon missile was designed to sink warships in an open-ocean environment. Other weapons (such as the Standard and Tomahawk missiles) can be used against ships, but Harpoon and Penguin are the only missiles used by the United States military with anti-ship warfare as the primary mission. Once targeting information is obtained and sent to the Harpoon missile, it is fired. Once fired, the missile flys to the target location, turns on its seeker, locates the target and strikes it without further action from the firing platform. This allows the firing platform to engage other threats instead of concentrating on one at a time.
An appropriately configured HARPOON can be launched from an AERO-65 bomb rack, AERO-7/A bomb rack, MK 6 canister, MK 7 shock resistant canister, MK 12 thickwall canister, MK 112 ASROC launcher, MK 8 and MK 116 TARTAR launcher, or submarine torpedo tube launcher.
The AGM-84D Harpoon is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system produced by Boeing [formerly McDonnell Douglas]. The Harpoon’s active radar guidance, warhead design, and low-level, sea-skimming cruise trajectory assure high survivability and effectiveness. The missile is capable of being launched from surface ships, submarines, or (without the booster) from aircraft. The AGM-84D was first introduced in 1977, and in 1979 an air-launched version was deployed on the Navy’s P-3 Orion aircraft. Originally developed for the Navy to serve as its basic anti-ship missile for fleetwide use, the AGM-84D also has been adapted for use on the Air Force’s B-52G bombers, which can carry from eight to 12 of the missiles.
The AGM-84E Harpoon/SLAM [Stand-Off Land Attack Missile] Block 1E is an intermediate range weapon system designed to provide day, night and adverse weather precision strike capability against high value land targets and ships in port. In the late 1980s, a land-attack missile was needed. Rather than design one from scratch, the US Navy took everything from Harpoon except the guidance and seeker sections, added a Global Positioning System receiver, a Walleye optical guidance system, and a Maverick data-link to create the Stand-off Land Attack Missile (SLAM). The AGM-84E uses an inertial navigation system with GPS, infrared terminal guidance, and is fitted with a Tomahawk warhead for better penetration. SLAM can be launched from land-based or aircraft carrier-based F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. It was employed successfully in Operation Desert Storm and UN relief operations in Bosnia prior to Operation Joint Endeavor.
The SLAM-ER (Expanded Response) Block 1F, a major upgrade to the SLAM missile that is currently in production, provides over twice the missile range, target penetration capability, and control range of SLAM. SLAM-ER has a greater range (150+ miles), a titanium warhead for increased penetration, and software improvements which allow the pilot to retarget the impact point of the missile during the terminal phase of attack (about the last five miles). In addition, many expansions are being made to improve performance, survivability, mission planning, and pilot (man-in-the-loop) interface. The SLAM-ER development contract was awarded to McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (Now BOEING) in February of 1995. SLAM-ER achieved its first flight in March of 1997. All Navy SLAM missiles are currently planned to be retrofitted to SLAM-ER configuration. About 500 SLAM missiles will be converted to the SLAM-ER configuration between FY 1997 and FY 2001.
|Primary Function:||Air-to-surface anti-ship missile|
|Mission||Maritime ship attack|
|Service||Navy and Air Force|
|Contractor:||Boeing [ex McDonnell Douglas]|
|Power Plant:||Teledyne Turbojet and solid propellant booster for surface and submarine launch|
|12 feet, 7 inches
|14 feet, 8 inches
|Diameter:||13.5 inches (34.29 centimeters)|
|Wingspan:||3 feet (91.44 centimeters)|
|Range:||Greater than 60 nautical miles||150+ miles|
|Guidance System:||Sea-skimming cruise with mid-course guidance monitored by radar altimeter, active seeker radar terminal homing||inertial navigation system with GPS, infrared terminal guidance|
|Warheads:||Penetration high-explosive blast (488 pounds)|
|Development cost||$320.7 million|
|Production cost||$2,882.3 million|
|Total acquisition cost||$3,203.0 million|
|Acquisition unit cost||$527,416|
|Production unit cost||$474,609|
|Quantity||Navy: 5,983; Air Force: 90|
|Platforms||A-6, F/A-18, S-3, P-3, B-52H, ships|