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UPDATED: Australia cements interest in AARGM-ER missile with FMS request

1st March 2023 - 16:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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Australia has firmed up its intention to procure the latest AARGM-ER missile produced by Northrop Grumman. (Photo: USN)

The US has approved Australia's FMS request for supply of the upcoming AARGM-ER missile, but the weapon is appealing to other F-35 users as well.

Australia is already a customer for Northrop Grumman's AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM), having made a purchase in June 2013. Now the country has confirmed its intention to acquire the latest extended-range version known as the AARGM-ER.

In June 2022, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) issued a notification approving the potential sale of AGM-88E2 missiles to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Capt Alex Dutko, Program Manager, Direct and Time-Sensitive Strike (PMA-242) of the USN, reaffirmed that this notification ‘has now been turned into a case, and a quantity of weapons are on contract with FRP 11 [full-rate production

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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