US has delivered to Ukraine a AGM-88B HARM made by Motorola in 1991

KYIV ($1=36.99 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — The United States recently sent AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missiles to Ukraine. New details have emerged about HARMs sent to Ukraine.

US delivered 30-year-old AGM-88B HARM made by Motorola in 1991
Photo credit: Twitter

Used by many NATO member states, the AGM-88 HARM is an anti-radiation missile developed to destroy targets such as radars and command and control systems. In recent weeks, it was revealed that Ukraine used AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missiles against Russian air defense elements. The claim that these missiles are integrated into the Ukrainian MiG-29s was confirmed a few days ago.

However, it was noted that the failure rate was high with the HARM missiles used in Ukraine. So far, images of the remains of at least 3 unexploded HARM munitions in Ukraine have surfaced on social media. Finally, photos of yet another unexploded HARM munition were shared on social media today.

The missile, whose picture was shared, had information tags that it was manufactured by Motorola on June 30, 1991. Another of the tags said that the HARM missile in question belonged to the US Naval Weapons Center located in China Lake.

US delivered 30-year-old AGM-88B HARM made by Motorola in 1991
Photo credit: Twitter

The information in question indicates that the HARM missiles sent by the US to Ukraine are at least 30 years old. Considering that the shelf life of the HARM missile is 15 years, the reason for the high failure rate of the missiles used in Ukraine becomes clear.

HARM in 1987 to 1993

HARM missiles produced from 1987 to 1993 are designated AGM-88B. Therefore, the HARM models used in Ukraine can be called AGM-88B. The AGM-88B HARM Block IIIB has an advanced GPS receiver. Ukraine uses HARMs on MiG-29 aircraft. Since the MiG-29s are not NATO standards, they use HARM in POS mode, where the munitions are presumably dropped along the coordinates without interacting with the aircraft.

HARM missiles were originally manufactured by the Motorola company. However, in the early 2000s, Motorola transferred its defense business to General Dynamics.

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