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Northrop Grumman continues AARGM production for USN

23rd April 2020 - 17:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Northrop Grumman, on 23 April, secured a $165 million contract for Lot 9 full rate production of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) for the USN.

The AARGM is a joint defence acquisition programme between the USN and the Italian Air Force and has been integrated into the weapon system of the FA-18C/D Hornet, the FA-18E/F Super Hornet, the EA-18G Growler and the Tornado Electronic Combat and Reconnaissance (ECR) aircraft.

Gordon Turner, VP of advanced weapons at Northrop Grumman, said: ‘AARGM provides the US Navy and allies unmatched protection to detect and defeat surface-to-air threats regardless of threat tactics and capabilities.’

Each AGM-88E unit costs approximately $615,000 and was first delivered in 2012. Along side the US and Italy, a small number of AARGMs have also been received by Australia according to Shephard’s Defence Insight.

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