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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. The HARM has protected U.S. and Allied aircraft in Libya, Desert Storm, Bosnia, Desert Fox and more.

      Although generally similar in appearance and mission to the AGM-45 Shrike, produced more than 25 years prior to the AGM-88, the AGM-88 HARM is several feet longer than an AGM-45, has a slightly-enlarged diameter a foot back from the nose, and has a slightly greater diameter overall. The AGM-45 also has an RF window/slot on the side, not present on the AGM-88.

      AGM-88 HARM 3D


      AGM-88 HARM
      Primary Function: Air-to-surface anti-radiation missile; attack and destroy hostile radar installations.
      Contractor: Raytheon
      Power Plant: Thiokol dual-thrust, solid propellent, rocket motor.
      Guidance System: Radar homing
      Length: 13 feet, 8 inches (4.1 meters)
      Diameter: 10 inches (25.4 centimeters)
      Wing Span: 3 feet, 8 inches (1.1 meters)
      Launch Weight: 800 pounds (360 kilograms)
      Speed: 760+ mph (1,216 kmph)
      Range: 80+ miles (91+ km)
      Warhead: Blast fragmentation; warhead weight 150 pounds (68 kg)
      Unit Cost: $284,000
      Date Deployed: 1985

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