Northrop Grumman [NOC] on Monday said the Navy in July successfully completed the first live fire test of the company’s AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range (AARGM-ER) from a F/A-18 Super Hornet multi-role fighter, meeting all key test objectives.
The test was done three months ahead of schedule, Capt. A.C. “Count” Dutko, the Navy’s program manager for Direct Time Sensitive Strike (PMA-242), said in a statement included in Northrop Grumman’s announcement.
The test was conducted in July 19 at the Point Mugu Sea Range in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California.
Northrop Grumman said the test “demonstrated the long-range capability of the new missile design.”
The AARGM-ER is a supersonic tactical missile system used to suppress and destroy enemy air defense systems in land and sea-based environments. In addition to the Super Hornet, the missile is being integrated on the Navy EA-18G Growler aircraft and the different variants of the F-35 multi-role fighter for the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy.