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AGM-88 HARM

FILE PHOTO -- A weapons loader checks the AGM-88 HARM missile on an F-16C Fighting Falcon. The HARM (high-speed anti-radiation missile) is an air-to-surface tactical missile designed to seek and destroy enemy radar-equipped air defense systems. (U.S. Air Force photo)

FILE PHOTO -- A weapons loader checks the AGM-88 HARM missile on an F-16C Fighting Falcon. The HARM (high-speed anti-radiation missile) is an air-to-surface tactical missile designed to seek and destroy enemy radar-equipped air defense systems. (U.S. Air Force photo)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.  --  Capt. Thomas Seymour, an F-16C Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron here, fires an AGM-88 high-speed antiradiation missile at a target during a March 24 test mission. The HARM is an air-to-surface missile designed to seek and destroy enemy radar-equipped air defense systems. The F-16 is the only aircraft in the Air Force capable of using the HARM.  (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Ammons)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Capt. Thomas Seymour, an F-16C Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron here, fires an AGM-88 high-speed antiradiation missile at a target during a March 24 test mission. The HARM is an air-to-surface missile designed to seek and destroy enemy radar-equipped air defense systems. The F-16 is the only aircraft in the Air Force capable of using the HARM. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Ammons)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Maj. Matt Roberson, an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron here, watches his AGM-88 high-speed antiradiation missile race past the cockpit after he fired it at a target during a test mission here March 24.  The HARM is an air-to-surface missile designed to seek and destroy enemy radar-equipped air defense systems.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Ammons)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Maj. Matt Roberson, an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron here, watches his AGM-88 high-speed antiradiation missile race past the cockpit after he fired it at a target during a test mission here March 24. The HARM is an air-to-surface missile designed to seek and destroy enemy radar-equipped air defense systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Ammons)

Mission
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.

Features
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.

Background
The Defense Systems Acquisition Review Council approved the AGM-88 missile for full production 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: Raytheon Co.
Power Plant: Thiokol dual-thrust rocket motor
Thrust: Dual thrust
Length: 13 feet, 8 inches (4.14 meters)
Launch Weight: 800 pounds (360 kilograms)
Diameter: 10 inches (25.40 centimeters)
Wingspan: 3 feet, 8 inches (101.60 centimeters)
Range: 30 plus miles (48 plus kilometers)
Speed: Supersonic
Aircraft: Used aboard the F-16C
Guidance System: Proportional
Warheads: High explosive
Unit Cost: $200,000
Date Deployed: 1984

October 2005