AGM-84H/K SLAM-ER

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AGM-84 SLAM-ER
(Standoff Land Attack Missile - Expanded Response)
AGM-84K is attached to VP-30 P-8A at NAS Jacksonville in 2014.JPG
AGM-84K is attached to a P-8A Poseidon in 2014
Type Long-range, air-launched, precision cruise missile
Place of origin United States of America
Service history
In service 2000 – present[1]
Used by United States and its allies
Wars

Global War on Terrorism

Production history
Manufacturer Boeing Company[1]
Unit cost $500,000[1]
Variants AGM-84H (2000–2002)[2]
AGM-84K (2002 – present)
Specifications
Weight 674.5 kg (1,487 lb)[1]
Length 4.36 m (14.3 ft)[1]
Diameter 34.3 cm (13.5 in)[1]

Engine Teledyne Turbojet
> 600 lbs thrust
Wingspan 2.2 m (7.2 ft)[1]
Operational
range
270 kilometres (170 mi)[3]
Speed 855 km/h (531 mph, 0.698 mach)[3]
Guidance
system
inertial navigation system supplemented by the Global Positioning System (GPS)[1]
infrared terminal guidance[1]
data link to controling aircraft[1]
Automatic Target Acquisition (ATA)[2]
Launch
platform
F/A-18C/D Hornet[1]
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet[1]
P-3C Orion[1]
P-8 Poseidon [1]
and allied air forces, including the South Korean Air Force and the Turkish Air Force

The AGM-84H/K SLAM-ER (Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response) is a precision-guided, air-launched cruise missile produced by Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the United States Armed Forces and their allies. Developed from the AGM-84E SLAM (Standoff Land Attack Missile), the SLAM-ER is capable of attacking land and sea targets at medium-to-long-ranges (155 nautical miles/250 km maximum). The SLAM-ER relies on the Global Positioning System (GPS) and infrared imaging for its navigation and control, and it can strike both moving and stationary targets.

The SLAM-ER, can be remotely-controlled while in flight, and it can be redirected to another target after launch if the original target has already been destroyed, or is no longer considered to be dangerous.[1][4] The SLAM-ER is a very accurate weapon, as of 2009 it had the best circular error probable (CEP) of any missile used by the U.S. Navy.[1]

History[edit]

The SLAM-ER obtained initial operating capability in June 2000. A total of three SLAM-ER missiles were fired by the U.S. Navy during the Iraq War,[5] and the missile was also used during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

The General Electric Company provides an Automatic Target Recognition Unit (ATRU) for the SLAM-ER[6] that processes prelaunch and postlaunch targeting data, allows high speed video comparison, and enables the SLAM-ER to be used in a true "fire and forget" manner. It also includes a "man-in-the-loop" mode, where the pilot or weapons system officer can designate the point of impact precisely, even if the target has no distinguishing infrared signature.[4] It can be launched and controlled by a variety of aircraft including the F/A-18 Hornet, F/A-18 Super Hornet, and P-3C Orion, as well as by the U.S. Air Force's F-15E Strike Eagle. Before the retirement of the S-3B Viking, it was also able to launch and control the SLAM-ER, and it is anticipated that the U.S. Navy's new land-based patrol plane, the Boeing P-8 Poseidon will carry the SLAM-ER as well.[4] The South Korean Air Force's version of the F-15E Strike Eagle, the F-15K Slam Eagle, has been capable of launching and controling the SLAM-ER since 2006 in test exercises.[7]

An F/A-18 Hornet carrying one SLAM-ER missile (top) and two AN/AWW-13 datalink pods (bottom)

Users[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "SLAM-ER Missile." The US Navy – Fact File. United States Navy, 20 Feb. 2009. Web. 22 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b Parsch, Andreas. "AGM/RGM/UGM-84." Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles. 2008. Web. 22 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b "AGM-84 Harpoon / SLAM [Stand-Off Land Attack Missile."] Military Analysis Network. Federation of American Scientists, 22 July 2013. Web. 22 July 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Boeing SLAM-ER Home: Overview
  5. ^ Cordesman, Anthony H. The Iraq War: Strategy, Tactics, and Military Lessons. (Washington: CSIS Press, 2003) 296.
  6. ^ GE - Automatic Target Recognition Unit (ATRU)
  7. ^ Boeing: F-15K Makes History with SLAM-ER Release. St. Louis: 27 Mar 2006. Web. Accessed 15 Jan 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Washington Beef up the Gulf States with 10,000 Strike Weapons Worth US$10 Billion". Defense Update. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Republic of Korea Chooses Boeing SLAM-ER Missile". Boeing. 
  10. ^ "SLAM-ER and Harpoon Foreign Military Sales".