AGM-88 HARM (high-speed antiradiation missile) is an air-to-surface tactical missile
designed to seek and destroy enemy radar-equipped air defense systems.
AGM-88 can detect, attack and destroy a target with minimum aircrew input. The
propor-tional guidance system that homes in on enemy radar emissions has a fixed
antenna and seeker head in the missiles's nose. A smokeless, solid-propellant,
dual-thrust rocket motor propels the missile.
The Air Force equipped the
F-4G Wild Weasel with the AGM-88 to increase the F-4G's lethality in electronic
combat. The missile works in conjunction with the APR-47 radar attack and warning
system on the F-4G Wild Weasel. F-16C's also have the capability to employ the
The AGM-88 missile was approved for full
production by the Defense Systems Acquisition Review Council in March 1983. It
is operationally deployed throughout the Air Force and in full production as a
joint U.S. Air Force-U.S. Navy project.
Function: Air-to-surface anti-radiation missile
Contractor: Texas Instruments
Plant: Thiokol dual-thrust rocket motor
Thrust: Dual thrust
13 feet, 8 inches (4.14 meters)
Launch Weight: 800 pounds (360 kilograms)
10 inches (25.40 centimeters)
Wingspan: 3 feet, 8 inches (101.60 centimeters)
30 plus miles (48 plus kilometers)
aboard F-4G's and F-16C's
Guidance System: Proportional
Unit Cost: $269,000
Date Deployed: 1984.