Greece equips its F-16s with Harpoon Block II and AGM-88E AARGM

ATHENS ($1=0.95 Euros) — Greece will buy the AGM-84L Harpoon Block II anti-ship missile and the AGM-88E AARGM anti-radiation missile from the United States. Greek-based news sources have announced that the Greek armed forces will purchase the AGM-84L Harpoon Block II anti-ship missile and the AGM-88E AARGM anti-radiation missile for the F-16 fleets.

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In its new special news, Newpost, which shares news from the Greek defense industry, said the United States had given the green light to the request.

According to the details in the news: Greece aims to use harpoons on F-16 Block 70 and Block 50/52 + aircraft. In this context, the Greek Air Force plans to achieve an important capability by firing Exocet missiles from French Mirage aircraft and Harpoon anti-ship missiles from US F-16 aircraft.

Although it is not known exactly how many units and which version was requested by Harpoon, the Greek Ministry of Defense has reportedly decided to acquire approximately 60 purchases of the Harpoon Block-II.

On the other hand, Greece aims to purchase the AGM-88E AARGM anti-radiation missile, which is used to destroy air defenses and radar systems.

AGM-84 Harpoon AShM

Harpoon is an anti-ship missile for all weather conditions, located on the horizon, developed and manufactured by McDonnell Douglas [Boeing Defense, Space & Security]. The Harpoon anti-ship missile has variants of the AGM-84E SLAM and the later developed cruise missile AGM-84H / K SLAM-ER.

The Harpoon missile uses GPS-assisted inertial navigation to hit land and sea targets. The 227-kilogram warhead targets a wide variety of ground targets such as coastal defense zones, surface-to-air missiles, open aircraft, port / industrial facilities, and various ports, including ships in ports. It can provide deadly firepower against targets.

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The Harpoon missile can be launched from aircraft [AGM-84], ships [RGM-84], submarines [UGM-84]), or mobile coastal defense vehicles. The Harpoon AShM is fitted with a solid-fuel rocket booster and encapsulated in a container to allow submerged launch through a torpedo tube.

This missile is just over 4.6 meters long. It has a different operating range depending on the booster. The rocket speed is high subsonic and reaches 460 knots. It weighs 628 kilograms and is in service in dozens of countries around the world.

About AGM-88E2

The AGM-88E2 is a variant of the AGM-88E Advanced Antiradiation Guided Missile [AARGM] missile, which is the successor to the AGM-88 HARM. While the AGM-88 HARM could not be considered a modern high-precision weapon, as they do not have a complete “friend or foe” recognition system, the AGM-88E is equipped with state-of-the-art software solutions for surface-to-air missiles, significantly improved capabilities for the improvement and even turn off the enemy radar.

AGM-88E AARGM is a joint development between Italy and the United States. The first tests of the missile were conducted in 2012 by the US Air Force with live firing, firing a total of 12 missiles in this class. The serial production of the AGM-88E AARGM began the same year, with the first quantities destined for Italy and the United States.

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The AGM-88E AARGM is designed to improve the performance of HARM’s legacy variants against fixed and movable radar and communications objects, especially those that would be excluded to launch anti-radiation missiles, by attaching a new finder to an existing Mach 2-capable missile. engine and warhead section, adding a passive anti-radiation targeting receiver, satellite, and inertial navigation system, millimeter-wave radar for final targeting, and the ability to broadcast images of the target via satellite just seconds before impact.

The main characteristics of the missile are as follows: guidance system made of passive radar homing with home-on-jam, GPS / INS and millimeter-wave active radar homing, propulsion by a Thiokol SR113-TC-1 dual-thrust rocket engine, warhead WDU-21 / B blast/fragmentation in a WAU-7 / B warhead section, and later WDU-37 / B blast-fragmentation warhead, charge detonation by FMU-111 / B laser proximity fuze, range more than 111 km.


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