Surface Combatant Weapon System

RGM-84 Harpoon

 

 

RGM-84 Harpoon SSM - Mk-141 missile launcher

 

 

The RGM-84 Harpoon is an all- weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system.

Features:
The Harpoonís active radar guidance, warhead design, low-level cruise trajectory, and terminal mode sea-skim or pop-up maneuvers assure high survivability and effectiveness. The missile is capable of being launched from surface ships (Mk-141 tube launcher), Mk-16 octuple box-launcher, submarines, shore batteries, or aircraft (without the booster).

Background:
Originally developed for the Navy to serve as its basic anti-ship missile for fleet-wide use. The A/R/UGM-84 was first introduced in 1977, and in 1979 the air-launched version was deployed on the Navy's P-3C Orion aircraft. The Harpoon was also adapted for use on USAF B-52H bombers, which can carry from 8 to 12 of the missiles. The Harpoon missile has been integrated on foreign F-16 aircraft and is presently being integrated on foreign F-15 aircraft. Under a 1998 agreement between Boeing and the Navy, an advanced upgrade to Harpoon missile was developed. This Harpoon Block II missile incorporated Global Positioning System (GPS) - assisted inertial navigation, which enables the system to have both an anti-ship and a land attack capability.

Users:
US Navy, US Air Force and 27 foreign nations.

 
General Characteristics:
Primary Function: air, ship, submarine launched anti-ship missile (SSM).
Contractor: The Boeing Company
Date Deployed: 1977
Unit Cost: $1,200,000 for Harpoon Block II
Propulsion: Teledyne Turbojet / solid propellant booster for surface and submarine launch

Thrust: greater than 660 pounds (300 kg)
Length: air launched: 12 feet, 7 inches (3.8 meters); surface and submarine launched: 15 feet (4.6 meters)
Diameter: 13.5 inches (34.3 cm).
Wingspan: 3 feet (91.4 cm) with booster fins and wings.
Weight: 1,523 pounds (690.8 kg) with booster.
Speed: high subsonic.
Range: over-the-horizon, in excess of 67 nautical miles (124 km).
Guidance System: sea-skimming cruise monitored by radar altimeter / active radar terminal homing.
Warhead: penetration / high-explosive blast (488 pounds/224 kg).

 

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RGM-84 Harpoon SSM was launched from a Mk-141 missile launcher aboard USS Gettysburg CG-64

RGM-84 Harpoon SSM was fired from a Mk-141 missile launcher aboard USS Gettysburg (CG-64)

 

RGM-84 Harpoon SSM was launched from a Mk-141 missile launcher

RGM-84 Harpoon SSM was fired from a Mk-141 missile launcher aboard USS Gettysburg (CG-64)

 

RGM-184 Harpoon SSM was launched from Mk-141 missile launcher aboard HMAS Warramunga FFH-152

RGM-84 Harpoon SSM was fired from a Mk-141 missile launcher aboard HMAS Warramunga (FFH 152)

 

RGM-84 Harpoon SSM was launched from Mk-141 missile launcher

RGM-84 Harpoon SSM was fired from a Mk-141 missile launcher aboard HMAS Warramunga (FFH 152)

 

RGM-84 Harpoon SSM was launched from Mk-141 launcher aboard USS Thorn DD-988

RGM-84 Harpoon SSM was fired from a Mk-141 missile launcher aboard USS Thorn (DD-988)

 

 

RGM-84 Harpoon SSM on a Mk-11 missile launcher aboard USS Lawrence DDG-4

RGM-84 Harpoon SSMís on a Mk-11 missile launcher aboard USS Lawrence (DDG-4)

 

rgm-84 harpoon ssm mk-16 box launcher knox class frigate

RGM-84 Harpoon SSM was launched from a Mk-16 box launcher aboard the Knox class Frigate USS Badger (FF 1071) - 1980

 

 

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