The US Navy’s advanced anti-radiation guided missile – extended range (AARGM-ER) successfully engaged a moving target at sea during a recent trial.
The weapon system was launched from an F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft off the coast of southern California.
In its fourth live-fire test, the missile reportedly demonstrated its ability to detect, identify, locate, and effectively engage critical air-defense targets from an extended range.
According to US Navy program manager Alex Dutko, the trial’s success proved the system’s ability to support the service in controlling sea lanes during conflict.
The activity is the latest in a series of development tests to ensure that the AARGM-ER meets the required objectives before reaching initial operational capability in 2023.
In July, the weapon completed its third captive flight test with a successful identification and discrimination of modern, integrated air defense systems.
Northrop Grumman’s AARGM-ER is an air-to-ground missile designed to suppress or destroy enemy air defenses.
It is equipped with cutting-edge sensors and an advanced warhead to provide vital counter-air-defense capability.
Additionally, the missile can propel at a maximum speed of Mach 2 (2,469 kilometers/1,534 miles per hour).
Northrop Grumman vice president Gordon Turner said that the need for a reliable weapon system like the AARGM-ER continues to grow as threats become more sophisticated and lethal.
“AARGM-ER continues to demonstrate the ability to affordably meet mission requirements and safeguard those protecting our country,” he explained.