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Mission

The AGM-130A is a powered air-to-surface missile designed for high- and low-altitude strikes at standoff ranges against a variety of targets.

Features

Carrying forward the modular concept of the GBU-15 guided weapon system, the AGM-130A employs a rocket motor for extended range and an altimeter for altitude control. The AGM-130A will provide a significantly increased standoff range beyond that of the GBU-15.

The AGM-130A is equipped with either a television or an imaging infrared seeker and data link. The seeker provides the launch aircraft a visual presentation of the target as seen from the weapon. During free flight this presentation is transmitted by the AXQ-14 data-link system to the aircraft cockpit monitor.

The seeker can be either locked onto the target before or after launch for automatic weapon guidance, or it can be manually steered by the weapon systems officer. Manual steering is performed through the two-way data link.

The AGM-130A is designed to be used with F-15E aircraft. Development of the AGM-130A began in 1984 as a product improvement of the GBU-15 guided glide bomb.

Background

For the primary mode of operation, the aircraft flies to a pre-briefed launch position. Survivability of aircraft and crew is enhanced by launching the weapon at low altitude and significant standoff range, thus avoiding detection by enemy air defenses. After launch, the weapon flies through glide-powered-glide phases toward the target area with midcourse guidance updates provided by global positioning system (GPS) navigational information or through the data link.

Upon termination of the powered flight phase the rocket motor is ejected. As the target comes into view, the weapon systems officer has dual flexibility in guiding the weapon via the data link. For automatic terminal homing, the guidance tracker is locked on target but can be manually updated for precision bombing. When total manual guidance is used, the operator manually guides the weapon to the target aimpoint. For those aircraft not equipped with a data-link pod, the weapon may be launched in the direct attack mode.

The first unit was operational in 1994.

General Characteristics

Primary Function: Air-to-surface guided and powered bomb

Contractor: Rockwell International Corp.

Thrust: Classified

Length: 12 feet, 10.5 inches (3.90 meters)

Launch Weight: 2,917 pounds (1,312.65 kilograms)

Diameter: 18 inches (45.72 centimeters)

Wingspan: 59 inches (149.86 centimeters)

Range: Classified

Ceiling: 30,000-plus feet (9,091 meters)

Speed: Classified

Guidance System: television or imaging infrared seeker

Date Deployed: 1994

Unit Cost: Less than $300,000 per missile

Inventory: The missile is in production. When in the inventory the number will be classified. Current total projected weapon procurement is approximately 600 weapons.

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