Pentagon tested an anti-radiation missile to neutralize Russian S-400 system
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States has tested an improved version of the AGM-88 HARM, a weapon designed to destroy radars and neutralize air defense systems, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
However, the Military Review magazine even called the modernized American missile powerless against the Russian S-400.
Journalists said that the updated version of the AGM-88 HARM has an increased range – up to 230 kilometers [up to 150 – ed.]. The American media wrote that this missile would be a possible option to counter the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system [SAM – ed].
However, the Military Review magazine noted that, in comparison with the AGM-88 HARM, the 40H6 anti-aircraft missile, which the C-400 is equipped with, has an advantage in range of more than 150 km. That is, to defeat the S-400, an American aircraft with AGM-88 HARM on board will have to go into the coverage area of the Russian complex. This means that the American missile is powerless against air defense systems.
F-35 fifth-generation fighter jet vs. S-400 missile system
As it became known, in July, an F-35 test fighter should be delivered to Israel from the USA specifically for tests against the anti-aircraft missile system, which is available at the Russian Khmeimim air base in Syria.
That is, the competition is not virtual, but in real combat conditions.
The fight will be interesting – the best fighter in the world [according to the USA] against the best anti-aircraft missile system to date [this is a generally accepted opinion]. This is not even a test, but a test of the combat qualities of an aircraft made using stealth technology, which must overcome the S-400 defense system and prove the superiority of the F-35. A risky venture, but if successful, the United States will receive a kind of “quality mark” for a fighter whose reputation has been tarnished more than once.
AGM-88 HARM missile
The AGM-88 HARM [High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile] is a tactical, air-to-surface anti-radiation [anti-radar – ed.] missile designed to home in on electronic transmissions coming from surface-to-air radar systems.
It was originally developed by Texas Instruments as a replacement for the AGM-45 Shrike and AGM-78 Standard ARM system. Production was later taken over by Raytheon Corporation when it purchased the defense production business of Texas Instruments.
The AGM-88 can detect, attack and destroy a radar antenna or transmitter with minimal aircrew input. The proportional guidance system that homes in on enemy radar emissions has a fixed antenna and seeker head in the missile’s nose.
A smokeless, solid-propellant, booster-sustainer rocket motor propels the missile at speeds over Mach 2.0. The HARM missile was a program led by the U.S. Navy, and it was first carried by the A-6E, A-7, and F/A-18A/B aircraft, and then it equipped the EA-6B aircraft. RDT&E for use on the F-14 aircraft was begun, but not completed.
The U.S. Air Force [USAF – ed.] put the HARM onto the F-4G Wild Weasel aircraft, and later on specialized F-16s equipped with the HARM Targeting System [HTS – ed.]. The HTS pod, used by the USAF only, allows F-16s to detect and automatically target radar systems with HARMs instead of relying on the missile’s sensors alone.
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