AGM-123 Skipper II

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AGM-123 Skipper II
AGM-123 Skipper II.jpg
Type Rocket assisted, low-level, laser-guided bomb
Service history
In service 1985
Production history
Manufacturer Emerson Electric
Specifications
Weight 582 kg (1,283 lb)
Length 4.3 m (14 ft 1.2 in)
Diameter 0.5 m (1 ft 7.6 in)
Warhead 1000 lb (450 kg) MK 83 bomb

Engine Aerojet MK 78 dual-thrust solid-fueled rocket
Wingspan 1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)
Operational
range
25 km (15.5 statute miles)
Speed Max:1,100 km/h (680 mph)

AGM-123 Skipper II is a short-range laser-guided missile developed by the U.S. Navy.

Overview[edit]

The Skipper is a short range missile intended for precision strikes. It is composed of a Mark 83 bomb, fitted with a Paveway kit, and an attached rocket propulsion system to allow it to be dropped at greater distances from the target. Tandem mounted Mk 78 solid propellant rockets which both fire simultaneously on launch provide propulsion.

The increased range of the weapon compared to a free-fall bomb gives the delivery aircraft a degree of protection from surface-to-air-missiles and anti-aircraft artillery in the vicinity of the target. The Skipper was intended as an anti-ship weapon, capable of disabling the largest vessels due to the powerful 1000 lb (450 kg) impact fuzed warhead of the Mk 83 bomb. It could be carried by the A-6E Intruder, A-7 Corsair II, and F/A-18.

The AGM-123 was developed at the China Lake Naval Weapons Center.

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