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After approval by the US State Department June 2019 (ESuT reported) And the approval by the budget committee of the German Bundestag on 11 December 2019 as part of a 25-million-template has NATO Support and Procurement Agency NSPA a procurement contract for 91 modernized AGM-88E missiles to fight enemy radars (Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile, AARGM) completed.

With this agreement, Germany will improve the ability to combat enemy air defense (Suppression of Enemy Air Defense, SEAD).

AGM-88E is Orbital ATK - now a business unit of Northrop Grumman - made. For Germany Diehl Defense contributes a considerable part of the work. (Photo: David Monniaux / Public Domain)

In addition to the missile procurement of the contract also includes support in the areas of technology, engineering and logistics services such as upgrades, technical documentation and training for operators and maintenance personnel.

The AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) is an upgrade of the older generation of the AGM-88B High-Speed ​​Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) which Germany has acquired the first time 1,987th

The AGM-88E has a modern digital homing search sensor, a millimeter-wave (MMW) radar terminal seeker and precise GPS / Inertial Navigation System (GPS / INS) steering as.

Diehl Defense has (now a business unit of Northrop Grumman) an exclusive cooperation agreement on the marketing and production of the modern anti-radar guided missile AARGM (Advanced Anti-Radar Guided Missile) in Germany concluded with the US company Orbital ATK. After that Diehl substantial workloads in Germany with regard to manufacturing and services will take over in use. The conversion will take at least five years.

The procurement of the AGM-88E is handled under new guidelines for Foreign Military Sales (FMS). After that, the NSPA agreements may enter into with the US government in the name and on behalf of the end user.

Gerhard Heiming